Grapsidae

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Grapsidae
Sally lightfoot crab.jpg
Grapsus grapsus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Grapsoidea
Family: Grapsidae
Macleay, 1838 [1]
Genera

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Grapsidae is a family of crabs known variously as marsh crabs, shore crabs or talon crabs.[1] It is not confirmed that the family forms a monophyletic group and some taxa may belong in other families.[2] They are found along the shore among rocks, in estuaries, marshes, and in some cases pelagic among drifting seaweeds and flotsam.

Genera[edit]

A number of taxa, formerly treated as subfamilies of the family Grapsidae are now considered families in their own right, including Varunidae and Plagusiidae.[3] Ten genera remain in the family, two of them known only from fossils:[3]

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  • Media related to Grapsidae at Wikimedia Commons