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Temporal range: Middle Jurassic–recent
Porcelain crab Nick Hobgood.jpg
Neopetrolisthes maculatus (Porcellanidae)
Three-toothed squat lobster, Munidopsis tridentata.jpg
Munidopsis tridentata (Munidopsidae)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Superfamily: Galatheoidea
Samouelle, 1819

The Galatheoidea are a superfamily of decapod crustaceans comprising the porcelain crabs and some squat lobsters. Squat lobsters within the three families of the superfamily Chirostyloidea are not closely related to the squat lobsters within the Galatheoidea.[1] The fossil record of the superfamily extends back to the Middle Jurassic genus Palaeomunidopsis.[1]


These families and genera are included:[1][2][3]

Galatheidae Samouelle, 1819
Munididae Ahyong et al., 2010
Munidopsidae Ortmann, 1898
Porcellanidae Haworth, 1825

Fossil record[edit]

Two further fossil taxa may be included in the superfamily,[3] but were not considered in the latest synopsis.[1] The family Retrorsichelidae contains the single species, Retrorsichela laevis from the Campanian, which was tentatively placed in Galatheoidea by its authors.[4] The Eocene genus Ovocarcinus, containing only O. elongatus, was originally placed incertae sedis.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Shane T. Ahyong; Keiji Baba; Enrique Macpherson; Gary C. B. Poore (2010). "A new classification of the Galatheoidea (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2676: 57 68. 
  2. ^ Masayuki Osawa; Patsy A. McLaughlin (2010). Martyn E. Y. Low; S. H. Tan, eds. "Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea)" (PDF). Zootaxa. Suppl. 23: 109–129. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-02.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-06. 
  4. ^ Rodney M. Feldmann; Dale M. Tshudy; Michael R. A. Thomson (1993). "Late Cretaceous and Paleocene Decapod Crustaceans from James Ross Basin, Antarctic Peninsula" (PDF). Journal of Paleontology. Memoir 28 (Supplement to volume 67, issue 1): 1–41. doi:10.2307/1315582. 
  5. ^ P. Müller; J. S. H. Collins (1991). "Late Eocene coral–associated decapods (Crustacea) from Hungary" (PDF). Contributions to Tertiary and Quaternary Geology. 28 (2–3): 47–92.