Horseshoe Crab
Limulus polyphemus

Photo
Download your own free copy of the video for your projects:
Download video as a Windows Media Video (wmv)
Download video as a Quicktime (mov)
Instructions for downloading a movie file

Range and habitat:
The horsehoe crab can be found in shallow sandy areas of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of North America.

Natural diet:
In the wild, horseshoe crabs are scavengers.

Size / weight range:
This species grows to be up to 2 feet in length, and females are larger than males.

Interesting facts:
Closely related to scorpions and ticks, the horseshoe crab uses copper in its blood instead of iron to conduct oxygen. The term polyphemus in its scientific name comes from Greek mythology. Polyphemus was a Cyclops, and it used to be thought that horseshoe crabs had just one eye.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Aquarium

Sponsor this animal
Zoo PAL

Click here to view over 100 other animal fact pages offered by The Toledo Zoo.