One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large marine arthropod with a domed horseshoe-shaped shell, a long tail-spine, and ten legs, little changed since the Devonian.
Class Merostomata, subphylum Chelicerata: four species, in particular the North American Limulus polyphemus
- ‘Where space permits, oysters and jingle shells sometimes anchor themselves to the horseshoe crab.’
- ‘The horseshoe crab goes back in the fossil record over two hundred million years without any major changes.’
- ‘The horseshoe crab, which is not really a crab but more closely related to scorpions and spiders, has been described as an armored box that moves.’
- ‘Little changed over the past 500 million years, the chambered nautilus is considered a ‘living fossil’, like the horseshoe crab and the coelacanth.’
- ‘Many arthropods are also present including the horseshoe crab Mesolimulus and the crayfish Mecochirus.’
horseshoe crab/ˈhôr(s)ˌSHo͞o ˈˌkrab/
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