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Title: Bythograeidae  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Heterotremata, Crabs, Brachyura, Gecarcinucoidea, Homolodromiidae
Collection: Crabs, Organisms Living on Hydrothermal Vents
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Austinograea yunohana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Section: Eubrachyura
Subsection: Heterotremata
Superfamily: Bythograeoidea
Williams, 1980
Family: Bythograeidae
Williams, 1980

The Bythograeidae are a small family of crabs which live around hydrothermal vents. The family contains 14 species in six genera.[1][2] Their relationships to other crabs are unclear.[3] They are believed to eat bacteria and other vent organisms.



  1. ^ Colin McLay (2007). (Varunidae) (Decapoda: Brachyura)"Xenograpsus gen. nov. (Bythograeidae) and Gandalfus"New crabs from hydrothermal vents of the Kermadec Ridge submarine volcanoes, New Zealand: .  
  2. ^ P. Davie (2010). Dana, 1852"Bythograeidae".  
  3. ^ J. W. Martin & G. E. Davis (2001). An Updated Classification of the Recent Crustacea ( 

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