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Horseshoe Crab History, Biology, Research and Conservation
Overview of the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), a major Mid-Atlantic resource. Topics covered include: horseshoe crab biology and life cycle, breeding beaches and ecological importance of horseshoe crab eggs for migrating birds. Biomedical and other uses of horseshoe crabs are explained, and impacts of overharvesting on their populations are described. Current research, fishery management, volunteer conservation projects are presented.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs
University of Delaware Sea Grant

Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)