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Limulus polyphemus

Limulus polyphemus
Block Island, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
May 29, 2016
Salt marsh, NW Great Salt Pond, facing the water rushing out with the falling tide. This is the first time I've seen a tagged individual. Underside of carapace with dozens of flatworms (Bdelloura candida; some of the smaller individuals may have been other species).

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Limulus polyphemus Limulus polyphemus

Hi Aaron
Welcome back to BI. Did you record and/or report this tag? I am part of the team that does the tagging and collects census data. The GSP is a particularly productive breeding ground for southern New England.

I did.
I reported it online. When did the program begin? I've never seen a tagged one before but I do remember hearing something a few years back about a potential study of them here to see how connected the BI and mainland populations areā€¦ This is always one of the most exciting animals to find for me. I don't understand why I didn't bother to get a shot of all the flatworms on the underside, but at least I did collect one.

The local program started last summer and is run out of Sacred Heart Univ. in Fairfield CT. I believe it covers much of the southern coast of CT and RI and also the north shore of LI. Kim Gaffett is the BI coordinator - we will be gathering census data on June 3, 5 & 7 (new moon).

I'm going to be here on the 5th and maybe the 7th too. Any chance I can join in the fun?

Call Kim nearer the time for details - (401) 595 7055, or give me your mobile and I will text you.

Hi Aaron
Welcome back to BI. Did you record and report the tag number? I am one of the team that does the tagging (starting last year)! It seems that the GSP is a particularly rich and favored breeding ground for southern New England.

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