SSC Groups

Horseshoe Crab

The four extant species of horseshoe crabs are imperilled, because of overfishing for use as food, bait, production of biomedical products derived from their blood, and because of habitat loss or alteration due to shoreline development and armouring against coastal erosion. The IUCN SSC Horseshoe Crab Specialist group aims to protect horseshoe crabs in the world through collaborative effort in conservation of their populations and habitats, and in raising public awareness of their importance in evolutionary history, marine coastal ecology and biomedical uses.
ssc horseshoe crab

IUCN SSC Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group Co-chairs: Mark L. Botton and Paul K.S. Shin
Red List Authority Coordinator: Dave Smith
2016-2017 Horseshoe Crab SG Report

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