"I caught a horseshoe crab! Its luck has ran out!" —New Leaf

The horseshoe crab is a benthic, aquatic life form found at the bottom of the sea in New Leaf. It is indicated by a circular shadow, and diving is the only way of capturing it.

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In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this creature.

"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."

Encyclopedia Information

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Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Horseshoe Crab
"I caught a horseshoe crab! Its luck has ran out!"
Size 16 inches
Time Night-Day
Season Summer


Further information

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.

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