Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Crab, Horseshoe

Scientific name: Limulus polyphemus

Common name: Horseshoe Crab

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Food and Bait Code: 364 - Crab, horseshoe (numbers)
Marine Life Code: 719 - Crab, horseshoe

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


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FWC Facts:
Blue crabs have specially modified back legs, called swimmerets, which rotate at 20-40 revolutions per minute, allowing the crab to quickly swim through the water.

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