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ˈlɪm yə ləs; -ˌlaɪlimu·lus

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  1. Limulus, genus Limulusnoun

    type genus of the family Limulidae


  1. Limulus

    Limulus is a genus of horseshoe crab, with one extant species, the Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). One fossil species is currently assigned to the genus though several other species have been named, which have since been assigned to other genera. Currently valid species include: Limulus polyphemus (Linnaeus, 1758) Limulus coffini† Reeside & Harris, 1952- Pierre Shale, United States, Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian)Doubtful species include: Limulus nathorsti† Jackson, 1906- Jurassic, SwedenTentative species: "Limulus" decheni† Zinken, 1862- Paleogene, Germany (considered by some intermediate between Limulus and Tachypleus)


  1. limulus

    A limulus, also known as horseshoe crab, is a marine and brackish water arthropod of the family Limulidae. It is one of the oldest species, dating back to around 450 million years ago. They are so named because their shape is similar to a horseshoe. Limulus possess a hard exoskeleton that they shed frequently when they are young. This process slows down as they age. They are not true crabs, rather belong to a separate subphylum, Chelicerata. Four species of horseshoe crabs are recognized today.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limulusnoun

    the only existing genus of Merostomata. It includes only a few species from the East Indies, and one (Limulus polyphemus) from the Atlantic coast of North America. Called also Molucca crab, king crab, horseshoe crab, and horsefoot

  2. Etymology: [L., dim. of limus sidelong, askance.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limulus in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limulus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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