UNH Research Reveals Water Temperature Influences Horseshoe Crab Spawning

Monday, May 9, 2016

New research from the University of New Hampshire finds that Atlantic horseshoe crabs in New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary time their annual spawning based on water temperature, not lunar cycle, as was more commonly believed. The study provids a first-of-its-kind look at the environmental factors that influence horseshoe crab spawning activity in the state and could payve the way for changes in how monitoring surveys are conducted on the East Coast.