Pseudothelphusidae

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Pseudothelphusidae
Guinotia dentata.jpg
Guinotia dentata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Section: Eubrachyura
Subsection: Heterotremata
Superfamily: Pseudothelphusoidea
Ortmann, 1893 [1]
Family: Pseudothelphusidae
Ortmann, 1893 [1]

Pseudothelphusidae is a family of freshwater crabs found chiefly in mountain streams in the Neotropics.[2] They are believed to have originated in the Greater Antilles and then crossed to Central America via a Pliocene land bridge.[2]

Parasitology[edit]

Pseudothlepshusids are of significance to humans because many species are secondary hosts for lung flukes of the genus Paragonimus.[3] Predators of pseuthelphusid crabs include the yellow-spotted river turtle and the tufted capuchin.[3]

Taxonomy[edit]

Forty genera are recognised:[4]

References[edit]