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Emerita analoga
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Superfamily: Hippoidea
Family: Hippidae
Latreille, 1825

Hippidae is a family of decapod crustaceans, commonly known as "mole crabs" or "sand crabs". They are closely related to the family Albuneidae, with which they are usually joined in the superfamily Hippoidea.[1] The family Hippidae comprises the three genera Emerita, Hippa and Mastigochirus.[2] They burrow into sand,[1] and are found throughout the world, except the Arctic and Antarctic.[3]


  1. ^ a b P. J. F. Davie (2002). "Hippidae". Crustacea: Malocostraca: Eucarida (Part 2), Decapoda: Anomura, Brachyura. Volume 19 of Zoological catalogue of Australia, Australia. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 68–70. ISBN 978-0-643-05677-0. 
  2. ^ Christopher Boyko (2010). "Hippidae". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ P. McLaughlin, S. Ahyong & J. K. Lowry (October 2, 200). "Hippidae Stimpson, 1858". Anomura: Families.  Check date values in: |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)