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Temporal range: Tithonian–recent
Cervimunida princeps (Squat lobster).jpg
Cervimunida princeps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Superfamily: Galatheoidea
Family: Munididae
Ahyong, Baba, Macpherson, Poore, 2010

The Munididae are a family of squat lobsters erected in 2010.[1]

Description and ecology[edit]

The squat lobsters in the family Munididae can be distinguished from other families by the presence of a trispinose frontal edge to the carapace, as well as a central rostrum, and two spines extend forward from above the eyes.[1] Although a few species enter shallow water, the majority of species in the Munididae are deep-water taxa, in contrast to the mostly shallow-water Galatheidae.[1]


The genera now included in the family Munididae had previously been included in a wider Galatheidae.[1] When originally described in 2010, the family contained these genera:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ C.M. Robins, R.M. Feldmann and C.E. Schweitzer (2012). "The oldest Munididae (Decapoda: Anomura: Galatheoidea) from Ernstbrunn, Austria (Tithonian)" (PDF). Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie A 114: 289–300. 

External links[edit]

  • Data related to Munididae at Wikispecies
  • Media related to Munididae at Wikimedia Commons