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Temporal range: Danian–Recent
Pinnotheres pisum.jpg
Pinnotheres pisum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Suborder: Pleocyemata
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Pinnotheroidea
De Haan, 1833
Family: Pinnotheridae
De Haan, 1833
Genera and species

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The Pinnotheridae are a family of tiny soft-bodied crabs that live commensally in the mantles of certain bivalve molluscs (and the occasional large gastropod mollusc species in genera such as Strombus and Haliotis). The earliest fossils attributable to the Pinnotheridae date from the Danian.[1]

Genera and species[edit]

This is a comprehensive list of species in the family, as of 2008:[2]

A pea crab (exact genus and species unknown) above the plate of mussels it was found in
A yellow pea crab (exact genus and species unknown) has fallen out of the clam this sea otter is eating, and has landed on the sea otter's neck (in Moss Landing, California)

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