|Bottom of the Ocean||1,500 Bells|
|About 16 inches||Medium, slow|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|July to September||9pm - 4am|
|Scientific name||Limulus polyphemus|
|Regional names|| Granchio a ferro di cavallo |
- "I caught a horseshoe crab! Its luck has ran out!" —New Leaf
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In New Leaf
"Horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils," as they have not evolved since the age of the dinosaurs. Their backs are covered by a hard shell, forming a simple silhouette with their flat backs and long tails. Though referred to as crabs, they're actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions."
- Main article: Horseshoe crab on Wikipedia
Horseshoe crabs are considered to be living fossils. Horseshoe crabs resemble crustaceans, but belong to a separate subphylum, Chelicerata, and are closely related to arachnids (e.g., spiders and scorpions). They do not have hemoglobin in their blood; instead, they use hemocyanin to carry oxygen, and because of the copper present in hemocyanin, their blood is blue.