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MALACOSTRACA Latreille, 1802 (crabs, lobsters, shrimps, prawns, woodlice etc.)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Class)

BATHYNELLACEA (cave shrimps) Order   1 ident refs
EUCARIDA Calman, 1904 (crab, shrimps, lobsters etc.)
DECAPODA (crabs, shrimps, lobsters etc.), eg: Cancer pagurus (Edible Crab) - Shed shell (male) - dorsal view
Superorder 27 subtaxa 25 ident refs
MYSIDA Boas, 1883 (an order of crustaceans) Order 1 subtaxon  
MYSIDAE Haworth, 1825 (opossum shrimps)
Praunus (a genus of crustaceans), eg: Praunus flexuosus (Chameleon Shrimp) - Foreparts - dorsal view - close-up
Family 1 subtaxon 1 ident refs
PERACARIDA Calman, 1904 (amphipods, woodlice, cumaceans etc.)
AMPHIPODA (freshwater shrimps and sand hoppers, amphipod), eg: Caprella acanthifera (a skeleton shrimp) - Dorsal view ISOPODA (woodlice, waterlice and sea slaters), eg: Idotea balthica (a sea slater) - Adult - dorsal view
Superorder 48 subtaxa 53 ident refs
PHYLLOCARIDA (leptostracans) Superorder 1 subtaxon  
LEPTOSTRACA (leptostracans) Order   1 ident refs

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Crustacea: Crustacea
Hynes, H.B.N , Macan, T.T. & Williams, W.D., 1960 A Key to the British Species of Crustacea: Malacostraca
Smaldon, G., Holthius, L.B. & Fransen, C.H.J.M., 1994 Coastal Shrimps and Prawns: Keys and Notes for Identification of the Species
Smaldon, G., 1979 Coastal Shrimps and Prawns


Module 9: advanced identification of miscellaneous taxa including Crustacea: Module 9: advanced identification of miscellaneous taxa including Crustacea

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 25 general literature references to MALACOSTRACA (crabs, lobsters, shrimps, prawns, woodlice etc.)

MALACOSTRACA may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 137 feeding and other relationships of MALACOSTRACA (crabs, lobsters, shrimps, prawns, woodlice etc.)

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