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Sesarmops intermedius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Grapsoidea
Family: Sesarmidae
Dana, 1851

The Sesarmidae are a family of crabs, previously included in the Grapsidae by many authors. Several species, namely in Geosesarma, Metopaulias, and Sesarma, are true terrestrial crabs. They do not need to return to the sea even for breeding.[1]


The family contains these genera:[2]

The genera Chiromantes, Parasesarma, Pseudosesarma and Sesarmops are apparently not monophyletic. Scandarma may be a junior synonym of some other genus.[1][3]

Selected species[edit]


  1. ^ a b Christoph D. Schubart, Hung-Chand Liu & José A. Cuesta (2003). "A new genus and species of tree-climbing crab (Crustacea: Brachyura: Sesarmidae) from Taiwan with notes on its ecology and larval morphology" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 51 (1): 49–59.
  2. ^ Peter K. L. Ng, Danièle Guinot & Peter 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.
  3. ^ Christoph D. Schubart, S. Cannicci, M. Vannini & S. Fratini (2006). "Molecular phylogeny of grapsoid crabs (Decapoda, Brachyura) and allies based on two mitochondrial genes and a proposal for refraining from current superfamily classification". Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 44 (3): 193–199. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0469.2006.00354.x.