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HERMIT CRABS―ARE THEY REALLY POLYPHYLETIC?

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ABSTRACT The independent lineages of the two superfamilies of hermit crabs, the Coenobitoidea and Paguroidea, were originally hypothesized from evidence gained in the study of larval development of a very few species. Subsequent studies have shown that the proposed relationships among thalassinoids-coenobitoids and paguroids-galatheoids are not as probable as once believed. The question of hermit crab phylogeny (including the lithodids) is re-examined using cladistic methodology. As a result of this analysis, the families Pomatochelidae, Diogenidae, Coenobitidae, Paguridae, Parapaguridae, and Lithodidae are reunited under the superfamily Paguroidea, infraorder Anomala.

10.1163/193724083X00274
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2017-08-18

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