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The Armoured Survivor

The horseshoe crab, so named because of its dark horseshoe-shaped shell is not a true crab. It is more closely related to spiders and scorpions. The hard shell which ensheathes six pairs of jointed legs and a tapering tail, provides complete armour to its upper surface. Only its eyes are exposed.
The animal may not win any prizes for beauty but it certainly deserves one for toughness it has survived and remained unchanged for more than 200 million years!
Horseshoe crabs are non-edible and non-poisonous. There are four species of horseshoe crabs. In India they are found in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal.

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