Australian Museum Journal Revision of the Calappidae

Shortform:
Stevcic, 1984, Aust. Mus. Mem. 18(15): 165–171
Author(s):
Stevcic, Zdravko
Year published:
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
Digitized:
09 September 2009
Reference number:
382
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (126kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (933kb PDF)

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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