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HORSESHOE CRAB ON SOLID IRON BASE – Japan and east coast of North America – 21st C
DESCRIPTION/EXPERTISE
Horseshoe crabs are marine arthropods that live primarily in and around shallow ocean waters on soft or muddy bottoms. They occasionally come to shore to mate. Because of their origin 450 million years ago, horseshoe crabs are considered living fossils. The entire body of the animal is protected by a hard carapace. It has two compound lateral eyes, each composed of about 1,000 ommatidia, plus a pair of median eyes that are able to detect both visible light and ultraviolet light.
They are often found on the ocean floor searching for worms and molluscs, which are their main food. They may also feed on crustaceans and even small fish. Females are larger than males and can grow up to 60cm long (including tail).

MEDIUM
crustacean shell

SIZE
68cm high – 33cm wide – 13cm depth

PROVENANCE

PRICE
€ 450

Expertly mounted
All dimensions are without the mounting