Animalia > Arthropoda > Malacostraca > Decapoda > Homolidae


Wikipedia Abstract

The family Homolidae, known as carrier crabs or porter crabs, contains 14 genera of marine crabs. They mostly live on the continental slope and continental shelf, and are rarely encountered. Members of the Homolidae have their fifth pereiopods (last pair of walking legs) in a sub-dorsal position, which allows them to hold objects in place over the rear half of the carapace. The objects carried include sponges, black corals and gorgonians, and this is behaviour may be a defence mechanism against predators. Some species have been observed carrying living sea urchins in a symbiotic relationship which allows them to benefit from the protection of the urchin's dangerous spikes.
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Dagnaudus (2)
Gordonopsis (8)
Homola (Deepwater crab) (17)
Homolax (1)
Homolochunia (4)
Homologenus (13)
Homolomannia (2)
Ihlopsis (3)
Lamoha (10)
Latreillopsis (10)
Moloha (8)
Paromola (Crab) (7)
Paromolopsis (2)
Yaldwynopsis (4)

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External References

Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0