5 Jun 2013

Who am I? (4)

Ready for the next batch of clues in our World Oceans Day guessing game? If you think you know who it is, perhaps these will help you confirm your guess! If not... maybe these will be the ones to guide you to an answer. Good luck!
Remember: you'll get the answer this Friday in time for the Oceanic Blog-A-Thon!

Here are today's clues:

10. I come out at night to eat worms and small molluscs, but hide (usually in the sand) during the day.

11. If I'm a male I'm smaller than the females and my first pair of "legs", the pedipalps, are modified as a grasping appendage so I can hold on to the female during spawning.

12. We (males and females) meet up on the beach during spawning season (May-June). I detect her through the pheromones she releases, and "hold on" to her as she lays the clutches of eggs while I fertilize them.



  1. I've been waiting for more clues but they don't really help so I'll guess at some kind of crayfish (although I think they are fresh water not salt water come to think of it).

    1. There are both fresh and saltwater crayfish! I've seen the marine variety while scuba diving in New Zealand, and eaten them freshly caught! :o)

      But not a crayfish! Although you're definitely on the same page with everyone else who is suggesting various crustaceans. But it's NOT a crustacean! It is related to them though... ;o)

  2. Oh! And I have to say that someone (but not here on the blog) amazingly figured it out on Day 2!!! So it's not too difficult! :p

  3. Replies
    1. This was -taxonomically speaking- the closest guess so far! They are more closely related to scorpions than they are to crabs! ;o)

  4. Easy peasy lemon squeeze - Limulidae aka Horseshoe Crab

    1. Ok, you have to explain how that was so easy peasy for you! Some people have been having trouble with it!!! :p


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