Tri-Spine Crab Now on Endangered List
Recently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) added Tachypleus tridentatus, the tri-spine or Chinese horseshoe crab, to its list of endangered species (1). IUCN reports that abundance of T. tridentatus is falling sharply in the South China Sea and other Asian waters, where it ranges from southern Japan to Indonesia (1). This decline is primarily caused by habitat loss, overfishing for human consumption and production of tachypleus amebocyte lysate (TAL).
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