Abstract

The brachyuran Calappidae sensu Balss (1957) is composed of three subfamilies, Calappinae, Matutinae and Orithyinae. However, an examination of the history of the comprehension of these three groups shows that they have been interpreted in various ways. From critical re-examination of Balss's diagnosis and from reconsideration of all available data, it can be concluded that because of the considerable differences in shape, structures and functions of adults and larvae, as well as their mode of life, these three groups, in spite of their several similarities, are not closely related, as believed before, and therefore their unity on a higher systematic level is questionable. The available data permits the conclusion that these three groups form separate well-delimited families, as originally stated by Ortmann (1892), i.e., Calappidae De Haan, 1833, Matutidae De Haan, 1833, and Orithyiidae Dana, 1852.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Stevcic, 1984, Aust. Mus. Mem. 18(15): 165–171
Author
Zdravko Stevcic
Year
1984
Title
Revision of the Calappidae
Serial Title
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume
18
Issue
15
Start Page
165
End Page
171
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1967.18.1984.382
Language
English
Date Published
31 March 1984
Cover Date
31 December 1983
ISSN
0067-1967
CODEN
AUNMA5
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: BRACHYURA; TAXONOMY
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09 September 2009
Reference Number
382
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