Calappidae is a family of crabs containing 16 genera, of which 7 are only known as fossils:[1][2][3]

Temporal range: Cretaceous - Recent
Calappa japonica.jpg
Calappa japonica seen from above; the front of the animal is at the top of the picture
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Calappoidea
Family: Calappidae
Milne-Edwards, 1837

Fossils within this family can be found in sediment of Europe, United States, Mexico, Central America, Australia and Japan from Cretaceous to recent (age range: 66.043 to 0.0 Ma).[4]


  1. ^ Sammy De Grave; N. Dean Pentcheff; Shane T. Ahyong; et al. (2009). "A classification of living and fossil genera of decapod crustaceans" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Suppl. 21: 1–109. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-06.
  2. ^ Biolib
  3. ^ Peter Davie (2015). "Calappidae". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ Fossilworks