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Xantho poressa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Section: Eubrachyura
Subsection: Heterotremata
Superfamily: Xanthoidea
MacLeay, 1838 [1]

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Xanthoidea is a superfamily of crabs, comprising the three families Xanthidae, Panopeidae and Pseudorhombilidae.[2][3] Formerly, a number of other families were included in Xanthoidea, but many of these have since been removed to other superfamilies. These include Carpilioidea, Eriphioidea, Hexapodoidea, Pilumnoidea and Trapezioidea.[3] Even in this reduced state, Xanthoidea remains one of the most species-rich superfamilies of crabs.[3]


The World Register of Marine Species lists the following families:[1]


  1. ^ a b Davie, P. (2015). "Xanthoidea MacLeay, 1838". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c P. K. L. Ng, D. Guinot & P. 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. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Xanthoidea at Wikimedia Commons