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Temporal range: Oligocene–Recent
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Cancridae
Genus: Metacarcinus
A. Milne-Edwards, 1862
Type species
Cancer magister
Dana, 1852

Metacarcinus is a genus of crabs formerly included in the genus Cancer.[1] It includes nine exclusively fossil species and five extant species, of which four are also known from the fossil record.[2] The monophyly of this genus was not supported by a molecular study using the cytochrome oxidase I gene.[3]

Included species:[4]


  1. ^ P. K. L. Ng, D. Guinot & P. 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-06. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Michelle K. Harrison & Bernard J. Crespi (1999). "Phylogenetics of Cancer Crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 12: 186–199. doi:10.1006/mpev.1998.0608. PMID 10381321. 
  4. ^ Carrie E. Schweitzer & Rodney M. Feldmann (2000). "Re-evaluation of the Cancridae Latreille, 1802 (Decapoda: Brachyura) including three new genera and three new species". Contributions to Zoology. 69 (4): 223–250.  Also available as PDF.

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