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Horseshoe crab: prehistoric arthropod

Horseshoe crab

In a tank of the first exhibition room called "Diacinto Cestoni", from the 8th April you can see the fascinating Horseshoe crab: a chelicerato arthropod, the only one who represents the Limulus genus.

Despite its common name "Horseshoe crab" - given by the particular shape of the body - it is actually more closely to spiders than with real crabs.

The origin dates back about 400 milion years ago, for that reason the Limulus is considered a prehistoric animal.

The "Horseshoe crab" mainly lives on the east coast of North America, Mexico and Yucatan. 

It feeds mainly on small crustaceans, snails and small fishes.

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