It was a great horseshoe crab--the first one I had ever seen.
It and the crab are FIG.
- Gastric Teeth of Crab and Lobster.
- For the present, as of old, the true Brachyura are divided into four tribes: Cyclometopa, with arched front as in the common eatable crab; Catometopa, with front bent down as in the land-crabs and the little oyster-crab; Oxyrhyncha, with sharpened beak-like front as in the various spider-crabs; Oxystomata, including the Raninida, and named not from the character of the front but from that of the buccal frame which is usually narrowed forwards.
polyphemus) is common on the coasts of the United States, and is known as the king-crab or horse-shoe crab.