Title

The Strange Nature of Horseshoe Crabs

Authors

Dana Wilde

Source

Island Journal

Date

2020

Pages

76-79

Abstract

An account of this ancient animal, recently reclassified as arachnids. The article describes how horseshoe blood is used to detect bacterial contamination and the role that the medical industry plays in the animals' declining numbers. Other threats include bait harvest, unintentional catches, habitat alteration, and temperature extremes.

Subjects

Horseshoe crabs, Wildlife conservation, Endangered species

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