Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs (Hardcover)

Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs By John T. Tanacredi (Editor), Mark L. Botton (Editor), David Smith (Editor) Cover Image
By John T. Tanacredi (Editor), Mark L. Botton (Editor), David Smith (Editor)
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Horseshoe crabs, those mysterious ancient mariners, lured me into the sea as a child along the beaches of New Jersey. Drawn to their shiny domed shells and spiked tails, I could not resist picking them up, turning them over and watching the wondrous mechanical movement of their glistening legs, articulating with one another as smoothly as the inner working of a clock. What was it like to be a horseshoe crab, I wondered? What did they eat? Did they always move around together? Why were some so large and others much smaller? How old were they, anyway? What must it feel like to live underwater? What else was out there, down there, in the cool, green depths that gave rise to such intriguing creatures? The only way to find out, I reasoned, would be to go into the ocean and see for myself, and so I did, and more than 60 years later, I still do.

About the Author

Dr. John T. Tanacredi is Chair and Professor of Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College. He is a Research Associate in the Invertebrate Zoology Department at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Mark L. Botton is a Professor of Biology at Fordham University. Dr. David R. Smith is a Research Biological Statistician for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780387899589
ISBN-10: 0387899588
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: July 6th, 2009
Pages: 662
Language: English