Tag Archive: Horseshoe

In Search of Horseshoe Crabs

Back in the spring, I wrote an article about the natural history of this ancient animal. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is interested in the status of horseshoe crabs and they need to know locations where they are breeding – and Florida Sea Grant is trying to help. Horseshoe crabs breeding on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/10/09/in-search-of-horseshoe-crabs/

Horseshoe Crabs; the Ancient Mariner

Growing up in the Pensacola area, I do not remember seeing many horseshoe crabs around here, but I do remember them.  What I actually remember was how common they were further east in the Panama City and St. Joe area.  These animals are big fans of grass beds, as are sea urchins and scallops, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/04/21/horseshoe-crabs-the-ancient-mariner/

An Ancient Mariner… the horseshoe crab

Talk about weird and cool at the same time! The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest living species we have in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fossils of this animal date back to almost 500 million years… this is before there was such a thing as fish!  The separating of Pangea, the rise and fall of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/03/19/an-ancient-mariner-the-horseshoe-crab/

“Wanted” Sighting of Horseshoe Crabs!

These curious ancient animals have been roaming the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for over 450 million years. Though they appear dangerous they are quite harmless and are actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions than crabs. Horseshoe crabs are not as common in Pensacola as they are in Panama City …

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/04/14/wanted-sighting-of-horseshoe-crabs/

Looking Out for Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs spawning.Credit: Bill Hall, Univ. Delaware Sea Grant Horseshoe crabs spawning on a beach.Credit: FL Fish & Wildlife Commission The female is the larger of the two horseshoe crabs.Credit: Fotosearch -Stock Photo Spring is here and that can only mean one thing, horseshoe crabs! That’s right it’s horseshoe crab survey time! Each spring the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2013/11/17/looking-out-for-horseshoe-crabs/