Horseshoe Crab Barnacles©JMacCausland.TIFAdd to Lightbox Download
This is the shed of a small Horseshoe crab (Limulus Polyphemus) found on a quiet bayside beach. Although more closely related to scorpions than other crabs, horseshoe crabs must molt to accommodate growth as do all crabs.The small, discarded molt or shell of a Horseshoe Crab (Limulus Polyphemus) is a fragile find on a Cape Cod Beach. There is no animal inside. A Horseshoe crab is an arthropod related to Arachnid such as scorpions and the spider family. It is an ancient animal which people have miss-understood, miss-used and threatened. They are harmless and beneficial in the medical sciences in detecting bacterial endotoxins. Refer to my DELMARVA gallery for more information and images. The Little Grey barnacles may indicate this shell was in the shallow tide line for some time.
- Horseshoe Crab Barnacles©JMacCausland.TIF
- Janet MacCausland
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- Arthropod - Aquatic