Munidopsis andamanica

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Munidopsis andamanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Galatheidae
Genus: Munidopsis
Species: M. andamanica
Binomial name
Munidopsis andamanica
MacGilchrist, 1905 [1][2]

Munidopsis andamanica is a species of squat lobster that lives in the deep sea and eats dead wood.[3][4] It has long chelipeds (claw-bearing legs), which are twice as long as the carapace.[4]


  1. ^ Keiji Baba; Enrique Macpherson; Gary C. B. Poore; Shane T. Ahyong; Adriana Bermudez; Patricia Cabezas; Chia-Wei Lin; Martha Nizinski; Celso Rodrigues; Kareen E. Schnabel (2008). "Catalogue of squat lobsters of the world (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura – families Chirostylidae, Galatheidae and Kiwaidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1905: 1–220. 
  2. ^ Enrique Macpherson (2010). "Munidopsis andamanica MacGilchrist, 1905". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Matt Walker (11 November 2009). "The deep-sea crab that eats trees". BBC News. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Caroline Hoyoux; Magali Zbinden; Sarah Samadi; Françoise Gaill; Philippe Compère (2009). "Wood-based diet and gut microflora of a galatheid crab associated with Pacific deep-sea wood falls". Marine Biology. 156 (12): 2421–2439. doi:10.1007/s00227-009-1266-2.