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limu·lus po·lyphe·mus

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  1. horseshoe crab, king crab, Limulus polyphemus, Xiphosurus polyphemusnoun

    large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse


  1. limulus polyphemus

    The Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), also known as the American horseshoe crab, is a species of horseshoe crab, a kind of marine and brackish chelicerate arthropod. It is found in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast of North America. The main area of annual migration is Delaware Bay along the South Jersey Delaware Bayshore.Their eggs were eaten by Native Americans, but today Atlantic horseshoe crabs are caught for use as fishing bait, in biomedicine (especially for Limulus amebocyte lysate) and science. They play a major role in the local ecosystems, with their eggs providing an important food source for shorebirds, and the juveniles and adults being eaten by sea turtles.The other three extant (living) species in the family Limulidae are also called horseshoe crabs, but they are restricted to Asia.


  1. limulus polyphemus

    Limulus Polyphemus, commonly known as the Atlantic horseshoe crab, is a marine arthropod found along the Atlantic coasts of North America and the Gulf of Mexico. It is most recognized for its distinctive horseshoe-shaped carapace and long, pointed tail. Despite the name, it is not a true crab but belongs to the family of chelicerates which also includes spiders and scorpions. The species is known for its blue blood, which contains amebocytes used in the medical industry to detect bacterial contamination in vaccines and medical equipment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limulus polyphemus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limulus polyphemus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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