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Eumunida picta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Superfamily: Chirostyloidea
Ortmann, 1892

Chirostyloidea is one of the two superfamilies of squat lobsters (alongside Galatheoidea). It comprises the three families Chirostylidae, Eumunididae and Kiwaidae.[1] Although the two groups of squat lobsters are superficially similar, Chirostyloidea are more closely related to hermit crabs and mole crabs than they are to squat lobsters in the Galatheoidea.[2] No fossils can be confidently assigned to the Chirostyloidea, although Pristinaspina may belong either in the family Kiwaidae or Chirostylidae.[3]


Chirostylidae Ortmann, 1892
Eumunididae A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1900
Kiwaidae Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2005
  • Kiwa Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2005


  1. ^ WoRMS (2012). "Chirostyloidea". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ K. E. Schnabel; S. T. Ahyong; E. W. Maas (2011). "Galatheoidea are not monophyletic – molecular and morphological phylogeny of the squat lobsters (Decapoda: Anomura) with recognition of a new superfamily". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 58 (2): 157–168. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.11.011. PMID 21095236. 
  3. ^ Kareen E. Schnabel; Patricia Cabezas; Anna McCallum; Enrique Macpherson; Shane T. Ahyong; Keiji Baba (2011). "Worldwide distribution patterns of marine squat lobsters". In Gary Poore; Shane Ahyong; Joanne Taylor. The Biology of Squat Lobsters. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 149–182. ISBN 978-0-643-10172-2.