Did you know?

Horseshoe crabs have been around for about 400 million years – they are practically “living fossils”. They search for food by churning up the sand. The broad, flat front end of the body works as a perfect shovel for digging. Because of this, they are also known as “sea moles” in German. Status according to Red List: data deficient

European Endangered species Program

This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.

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ClassificationOrder: Xiphosura
DietMollusks, small crabs, worms and carrion; juveniles feed on insect larvae
HabitatBrackish waters of sandy intertidal flats
Reproduction200 – 1,000 eggs are laid in sand burrows and fertilized by the males.

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitung Molukkenkrebs

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