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Cancer pagurus.jpg
Cancer pagurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Cancroidea
Family: Cancridae
Latreille, 1802 [1]
  • Cancrinae Latreille, 1802
  • Lobocarcininae Beurlen, 1930

Cancridae is a family of crabs. It comprises six extant genera,[1] and eleven exclusively fossil genera,[2] in two subfamilies:

Cancrinae Latreille, 1802

Lobocarcininae Beurlen, 1930

Until 2000, the extant species were all classified in genus Cancer. After an analysis of new fossil material, the subgenera were elevated to the rank of genus, and three new genera were erected.[3] Most of the family's current diversity is found in temperate waters of the Northern Hemisphere.[3]


  1. ^ a b Peter K. L. Ng, Danièle Guinot & Peter J. F. Davie (2008). "Systema Brachyurorum: Part I. An annotated checklist of extant Brachyuran crabs of the world" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 17: 1–286. 
  2. ^ Sammy De Grave, N. Dean Pentcheff, Shane T. Ahyong; et al. (2009). "A classification of living and fossil genera of decapod crustaceans" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Suppl. 21: 1–109. 
  3. ^ a b P. J. F. Davie (2002). "Cancridae". Crustacea: Malocostraca: Eucarida (Part 2), Decapoda: Anomura, Brachyura. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 19. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 132–134. ISBN 978-0-643-06792-9. 

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