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Grapsus grapsus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Grapsoidea
Family: Grapsidae
Macleay, 1838 [1]

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The Grapsidae are a family of crabs known variously as marsh crabs, shore crabs, or talon crabs.[1] The family has not been confirmed to form a monophyletic group and some taxa may belong in other families.[2] They are found along the shore among rocks, in estuaries, marshes, and in some cases pelagic among drifting seaweeds and flotsam.


A number of taxa, formerly treated as subfamilies of the family Grapsidae are now considered families in their own right, including the Varunidae and Plagusiidae.[3] Ten genera remain in the family, two of them known only from fossils:[3]


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  • Media related to Grapsidae at Wikimedia Commons