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Xantho poressa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Xanthidae
Genus: Xantho
Leach, 1814[1]
Type species
Xantho hydrophilus
Leach, 1814

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Xantho is a genus of crabs in the family Xanthidae, containing five extant species,[2] all restricted to the north-east Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, although Xantho granulicarpis is not universally recognised as a separate species from Xantho hydrophilus:[3]

Five species are known from the fossil record, including one species that is still extant.[4]


  1. ^ a b P. Davie; M. Türkay (2009). "Xantho Leach, 1814 ". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  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. ^ S. Reuschel & C. D. Schubart. "Phylogeny and geographic differentiation of Atlanto–Mediterranean species of the genus Xantho (Crustacea: Brachyura: Xanthidae) based on genetic and morphometric analyses". Marine Biology. 148 (4): 853–866. doi:10.1007/s00227-005-0095-1. 
  4. ^ Sammy De Grave; N. Dean Pentcheff; Shane T. Ahyong; et al. (2009). "A classification of living and fossil genera of decapod crustaceans" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Suppl. 21: 1–109.