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Horseshoe crab
カブトガニ Kabutogani
Horseshoe Crab
New Leaf
Location Price
Bottom of the Ocean 1,500 Bells
Size Shadow size
About 16 inches Medium, slow
Time of year Time of day
July to September 9pm - 4am
Scientific name Limulus polyphemus
Family Limulidae
Appearances NL
Regional names Flag of Italy small Granchio a ferro di cavallo
Flag of France small Limule
Flag of Netherlands small Degenkrab
Flag of Spain Cangrejo herradura
"I caught a horseshoe crab! Its luck has ran out!" —New Leaf

The horseshoe crab is a benthic, aquatic life form found at the bottom of the sea in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is indicated by a circular shadow, and diving is the only way of capturing it.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this creature.

"Horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils," as they have not evolved since the age of the dinosaurs. Their backs are covered by a hard shell, forming a simple silhouette with their flat backs and long tails. Though referred to as crabs, they're actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions.

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Horseshoe Crab
"I caught a horseshoe crab! Its luck has ran out!"
Size 16 inches
Time Night-Day
Season Summer


Further information

Main article: Horseshoe crab on Wikipedia

Horseshoe crabs are considered to be living fossils. Horseshoe crabs resemble crustaceans but belong to a separate subphylum, Chelicerata, and are closely related to arachnids e.g., spiders and scorpions. They do not have hemoglobin in their blood, instead they use hemocyanin to carry oxygen, and because of the copper present in hemocyanin their blood is blue.

Deep-Sea Creatures
Animal Crossing New Leaf logo
Deep-sea creatures
AbaloneAcorn barnacleChambered nautilusClamEar shellFlatwormGiant isopodHorsehair crabHorseshoe crabLobsterMantis shrimpOctopusOysterPearl oysterRed king crabSea anemoneSea cucumberSea grapesSea slugSea starSea urchinSeaweedScallopSnow crabSpider crabSpiny lobsterSpotted garden eelSweet shrimpTiger prawnTurban shell
Deep-Sea CreaturesDivingOceanTropical Seas

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