Reptantia:  Crawling Crustaceans



Reptantia Crustacea:  Suborder of the Order Decapoda: walking demersal decapod crustacean, e.g. European Lobster.
This suborder has been discontinued because of changes in the classification, but it will still be found in the old books and even in university marine biology courses.
True Lobster Homaus gammarus is now to be found classified in the Infraorder Astacidea.

New Crustacean Taxonomy (abridged)


Order Decapoda of the subphylum Crustacea of the Arthropoda


Caridae  (Natantia):  swimming forms like shrimps and prawns (pics).
Thalassinidae:   burrowing prawns.
Astacidea:  true lobsters, scampi.
Palinura:  crawfish, slipper lobsters.
Anomura:  hermit crabs, squat lobsters, porcelain crabs.
Brachyura: true crabs including spider crabs.


Order DECAPODA Latreille, 1803 Suborder BRACHYURA Latreillie, 1803
Section DROMIACEA De Haan, 1833 Superfamily DROMIOIDEA De Haan, 1833 Family DROMIIDAE De Haan, 1833
Genus Dromia Weber, 1795
Species Dromia personata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Refs:  Shallow-water Crabs  by R.W.Ingle (Field Studies Council) ISBN  1 85153 258 7
          An Introduction to the Classification of Animals  by C J Lerwill  (Constable 1971)  ISBN 0 09 457700

 Phylum:  Arthropoda 
 Subphylum: Crustacea
 Class: Malacostraca
 Order: Pleocyemata  (=Decapoda)
 Infraorder: Astacidae
 Family: Nephropidae
 Genus: Homarus

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