Knobby box crab Calappa gallus, copyright Teresa Zuberbühler.

Belongs within: Heterotremata.

The Calappidae are a small group of crabs with a broadened carapace, and heavily developed and flattened chelipeds that they use to burrow into sandy substrates.

    |--Gebia controversa Tribolet 1874BWW93
    |--Paranecrocarcinus hexagonalis Van Straelen 1936BWW93
    |    |--M. australiensis Campbell 1971MG-H11
    |    `--M. microspina Davie & Short 1989MG-H11
    `--Calappa Weber 1795CA04
         |--C. calappa (Linnaeus 1758)TSH09
         |--C. capellonis Laurie 1906HS15
         |--C. clypeata Borradaile 1903HS15
         |--C. depressa Miers 1886MG-H11
         |--C. flammeaS52
         |--C. gallus (Herbst 1803)TSH09
         |--C. granulata (Linnaeus 1758)KK03 [=Cancer granulatusG20]
         |--C. hepatica (Linnaeus 1758)TSH09
         |--C. lophos (Herbst 1785)MG-H11
         |--C. philargius (Linnaeus 1758)J90
         `--C. pustulosa Alcock 1896MG-H11

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BWW93] Briggs, D. E. G., M. J. Weedon & M. A. Whyte. 1993. Arthropoda (Crustacea excluding Ostracoda). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 321–342. Chapman & Hall: London.

[CA04] Casadío, S., A. de Angeli, R. M. Feldmann, A. Garassino, J. L. Hetler, A. Parras & C. E. Schweitzer. 2004. New decapod crustaceans (Thalassinidea, Galatheoidea, Brachyura) from the Middle Oligocene of Patagonia, Argentina. Annals of Carnegie Museum 73 (2): 25–47.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[HS15] Hosie, A. M., A. Sampey, P. J. F. Davie & D. S. Jones. 2015. Kimberley marine biota. Historical data: crustaceans. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 84: 247–285.

[J90] Jones, D. S. 1990. Annotated checklist of marine decapod Crustacea from Shark Bay, Western Australia. In: Berry, P. F., S. D. Bradshaw & B. R. Wilson (eds) Research in Shark Bay: Report of the France-Australe Bicentenary Expedition Committee pp. 169–208. Western Australian Museum.

[KK03] Kocataş, A., & T. Katağan. 2003. The decapod crustacean fauna of the Turkish seas. Zoology in the Middle East 29: 63–74.

[MG-H11] McEnnulty, F. R., K. L. Gowlett-Holmes, A. Williams, F. Althaus, J. Fromont, G. C. B. Poore, T. D. O’Hara, L. Marsh, P. Kott, S. Slack-Smith, P. Alderslade & M. V. Kitahara. 2011. The deepwater megabenthic invertebrates on the western continental margin of Australia (100–1100 m depths): composition, distribution and novelty. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 80: 1–191.

[S52] Snodgrass, R. E. 1952. The sand crab Emerita talpoida (Say) and some of its relatives. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 117 (8): 1–34.

[TSH09] Titelius, M. A., A. Sampey & C. G. Hass. 2009. Crustaceans of Mermaid (Rowley Shoals), Scott and Seringapatam Reefs, north Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 77: 145–176.

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