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Parapagurus pilosimanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Superfamily: Paguroidea
Family: Parapaguridae
S. I. Smith, 1882 [1]

The Parapaguridae are a family of Marine hermit crabs from deep waters. Instead of carrying empty gastropod shells like other hermit crabs, they carry colonies of dozen or more sea anemones or zoanthids.[2] Some genera, such as Bivalvopagurus and Tylaspis, do not inhabit shells.[3] The following genera are included:[4]


  1. ^ J. W. Martin & G. E. Davis (2001). An Updated Classification of the Recent Crustacea (PDF). Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. pp. 132 pp. 
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  3. ^ Patsy A. McLaughlin & Rafael Lemaitre (1997). "Carcinization in the Anomura – fact or fiction? I. Evidence from adult morphology". Contributions to Zoology. 67 (2): 79–123. 
  4. ^ Patsy McLaughlin & Michael Türkay (2011). R. Lemaitre & P. McLaughlin, eds. "Parapaguridae". World Paguroidea & Lomisoidea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

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