Horseshoe crab

Family Limulidae

Fascinating Facts


Horseshoe crabs are found on warm coastlines and are nocturnal omnivorous scavengers, feeding upon small bivalves, mollusks, worms, dead fish and algae. Their legs are covered with thick bristles that point inward and grind food toward their mouth, located at the center of their legs, as they walk.

Status in the Wild

Most species listed as Near Threatened or Data Deficient – visit The IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species for more information.


East and Southeast Asia, American Atlantic coast, and the Gulf of Mexico

Location in the Zoo

Invertebrates Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits