Other Invertebrates (corals, sponges, worms, etc.)

Horseshoe crabs line the bay beach near the water during spawning.

Horseshoe crabs line Fire Island's bay beaches during spawning season around the new and full moons of May and June.

NPS Photo/E. Raphael



Fire Island's beach and intertidal invertebrate communities are an important component of the ecosystem which serves as forage for shore birds, includes several species from the taxonomic groups Annelida (Oligochaeta) and Amphipoda.

Horseshoe Crabs

The horseshoe crab is an interesting and intriguing member of the phylum Arthropoda.

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