Animalia > Arthropoda > Malacostraca > Decapoda > Raninidae


Wikipedia Abstract

Raninidae is a family of unusual crabs, sometimes known as "frog crabs", on account of their frog-like appearance. They are taken by most scientists to be quite primitive among the true crabs. They closely resemble the (unrelated) mole crabs, due to parallel evolution or convergent evolution. In both groups, the claws are modified into tools for digging, and the body is a rounded shape that is easy to bury in sand. Unlike most other true crabs, the abdomens of raninids are not curled under the cephalothorax. The earliest fossil attributable to the family Raninidae dates from the Albian.
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Cosmonotus (4)
Cyrtorhina (2)
Erroranilia (1)
Flaberhina (1)
Notopocorystes (16)
Notopoides (5)
Notopus (5)
Notosceles (6)
Ranilia (Crab) (6)
Ranina (28)
Raninoides (Crab) (54)
Symethis (4)
Umalia (8)

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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