Hooray for Horseshoe Crabs

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In this activity, students examine the form and function of different horseshoe crab anatomical features.

This activity has one part:

  1. Hooray for Horseshoe Crabs!

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Students should understand that:

  • Horseshoe crabs are arthropods, but are not true crabs.
  • Horseshoe crabs are benthic or bottom dwellers.
  • Horseshoe crabs move along the bottom of the ocean or estuary using their ten legs.
  • Horseshoe crabs leave the water to crawl onto the beach to lay their eggs in the sand.

Hooray for Horseshoe Crabs: Supporting Resources