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Christmas Island red crab
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Gecarcinidae
Genus: Gecarcoidea
Synonyms [1]
  • Pelocarcinus H. Milne-Edwards, 1853
  • Hylaeocarcinus Wood-Mason, 1873
  • Limnocarcinus De Man, 1879

Gecarcoidea is genus of terrestrial crabs. The crabs live in forests but must come to the coast to breed. When it is dry in the summer the crabs are inactive, but when it is the wet season they are ready to migrate.

Two species are recognised:[1]


  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.