Limulus polyphemus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Atlantic Horseshoe Crab

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Non-chordate Invertebrate

Sublevel 2: Invertebrate with bilateral symmetry

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Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Merostomata

Order: Xiphosura

Family: Limulidae

Genus: Limulus

Species: Limulus polyphemus

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Native

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: No

Rarity Designations:
CT WAP (2015) - GCN (Most Important)
ME WAP (2015) - SGCN (Tier 1 - Highest Priority)
NH WAP (2015) - SGCN
RI WAP (2015) - SGCN

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

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