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DECAPODA Latreille, 1803 (crabs, shrimps, lobsters etc.)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Order)

Anomura MacLeay, 1838 (an infraorder of decapod crustacea)
GALATHEIDAE (squat lobsters), eg: Galathea squamifera (a squat lobster) - Male - dorsal view - in water PAGURIDAE (hermit crabs), eg: Pagurus cuanensis (a hermit crab) - Active - dorsal view PORCELLANIDAE (porcelain crabs), eg: Pisidia longicornis (Long-clawed Porcelain Crab) - Female - dorsal view
Infraorder 5 subtaxa 1 ident refs
Astacidea Latreille, 1802 (lobsters) Infraorder 3 subtaxa  
ASTACIDAE (crayfishes)
Pacifastacus leniusculus (Signal Crayfish), eg: Pacifastacus leniusculus (Signal Crayfish) - Rostrum and face - side view
Family 1 subtaxon 4 ident refs
NEPHROPIDAE Dana, 1852 (lobsters) Family 2 subtaxa  
Homarus gammarus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Common Lobster)
Lobster (minus claws) upside down in collecting pot
Nephrops Leach, 1814 (a genus of prawns) Genus   1 ident refs
Brachyura Linnaeus, 1758 (crabs)
CANCRIDAE (edible crabs), eg: Cancer pagurus (Edible Crab) - Shed shell (male) - dorsal view CORYSTIDAE (burrowing crabs), eg: Corystes cassivelaunus (Masked Crab) - Dead animal - dorsal view MAJIDAE (spider crabs), eg: Maja squinado (Spiny Spider Crab, Common Spider Crab) - Female - dorsal view PINNOTHERIDAE (pea crabs), eg: Pinnotheres pisum (a pea crab) - Dorsal view PORTUNIDAE (swimming-crabs), eg: Carcinus maenas (Shore Crab, Green Shore Crab) - Female - on dry land - dorsal view
Infraorder 6 subtaxa 4 ident refs
Caridea Dana, 1852 (shrimps and prawns)
ALPHEIDAE (a family of decapod crustaceans), eg: Athanas nitescens (Hooded Shrimp) - Night colours - dorsal view CRANGONIDAE (shrimps), eg: Crangon crangon (Common Shrimp, Brown Shrimp) - Dorsal view - on sand HIPPOLYTIDAE (a family of prawns), eg: Hippolyte varians (Chamaeleon Prawn) - Latero-dorsal view - close-up PALAEMONIDAE (prawns), eg: Palaemon serratus (Common Prawn) - Dorsal view
Infraorder 5 subtaxa  
Heterotremata Guinot, 1977 (a subsection (zoo.) of crustaceans)
MAJOIDEA (a superfamily of crustaceans), eg: Pisa tetraodon (Four-horned Spider Crab) - Female - dorsal view - as found PORTUNOIDEA (a superfamily of crustaceans), eg: Necora puber (Velvet Swimming Crab) - Dorsal view
Subsection (Zoo.) 6 subtaxa 1 ident refs
PILUMNIDAE Samouelle, 1819 (a family of crustaceans) Family 1 subtaxon  
Pilumnus hirtellus (Linnaeus, 1761) (Hairy Crab)
Dorsal view
Thoracotremata Guinot, 1977 (a subsection (zoo.) of crustaceans) Subsection (Zoo.) 1 subtaxon  
GRAPSOIDEA MacLeay, 1838 (a superfamily of crustaceans) Superfamily 1 subtaxon  
VARUNIDAE H. Milne Edwards, 1853 (a family of crustaceans) Family 1 subtaxon  
Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne Edwards, 1853 (Chinese Mitten Crab) Species   2 ident refs

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Bell, T., 1853 A history of the British stalk-eyed crustacea
Bouvier, E.-L., 1938 D├Ęcapodes Marcheurs
Crothers, J. & M., 1987 A Key to the Crabs and Crab-like Animals of British Inshore Waters
Crothers, J.& M., 1990 An Amendment to the Crab Key
Ingle R.W., 1980 British Crabs
Ingle, R.W. & Christiansen, M.E., 2004 Lobsters, Mud Shrimps and Anomuran Crabs
Ingle, R.W., 1983 Shallow Water Crabs and notes for the identification of the species
Ingle, R.W., 1983 Shallow Water Crabs and notes for the identification of the species (2nd ed)
Mugga: Mugga


Gurney, R., 1942 Larvae of Decapod Crustacea
Williamson, H.C., 1915 VI. Crustacea Decapoda: Larven


Apstein, C. & Brandt, K.A.H. (eds), 1927 (larvae) Crustacea

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 7 general literature references to DECAPODA (crabs, shrimps, lobsters etc.)

DECAPODA may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(crabs, lobsters, shrimps, prawns, woodlice etc.)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 55 feeding and other relationships of DECAPODA (crabs, shrimps, lobsters etc.)

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