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Horseshoe-Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs are important to both coastal communities and human health. Their eggs are an essential source of food for migratory shorebirds and some fish species.



Facts About Horseshoe Crabs

Ancestors of horseshoe crabs date back over 450 million years--long before the age of the dinosaurs.

Help Document Horseshoe Crab Nesting Beaches

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is asking the public to report observations of horseshoe crab mating activities in order to help biologists identify nesting beaches around the state.

Florida Horseshoe Crab Spawning Beach Survey

Report sightings of horseshoe crab mating activity with this online questionnaire.

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Beach Survey Results

Thousands of reports from the public provide information about horseshoe crab mating activities on Florida beaches.

A Review of the Biology and Management of Horseshoe Crabs, with Emphasis on Florida Populations

Horseshoe crab article that can be downloaded.

The Horseshoe Crab Fishery in Florida

In Florida, most horseshoe crabs are collected live for use in aquaria and research.

Horseshoe Crab FAQ

Do you have questions about horseshoe crabs? Read the horseshoe crab FAQ for answers.

Horseshoe Crab Sea Stats

This brochure provides information on age and growth, distribution, migration, feeding habits, and more.

Glossary of Crustacean Terms

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