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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Superclassis: Multicrustacea
Classis: Malacostraca
Subclassis: Eumalacostraca
Superordo: Eucarida
Ordo: Decapoda
Subordo: Pleocyemata
Infraordo: Brachyura
Sectio: Eubrachyura
Subsectio: Heterotremata
Superfamilia: Cancroidea

Familia: Cancridae
Genus: Anatolikos
Species: A. japonicus – A. tumifrons
Anatolikos Schweitzer & Feldmann, 2000

Anatolikos is a genus of two species of crabs in the family Cancridae. They are recorded from Japan[1] and Taiwan.[2] Two fossil species are known, one from Japan[1] and one from Mexico.[3]

These crabs were classified in the genus Cancer until 2000, when it was split into several new genera.[1]

Anatolikos species have a carapace that is wider than long and granular in texture. It is edged with several spines separated by fissures. Five of the spines coalesce to form a front that extends past the eyes, a character unique to the genus. The orbital rims are thickened; the genus Anisospinos has a similar feature, but can be distinguished by its sharp, curving spines.[1]

The genus name is from the Greek anatolikos ("eastern"), a reference to its range in Japan.[1]

Species include:

Anatolikos japonicus
Anatolikos tumifrons
Anatolikos itoigawai
Anatolikos undecimspinosus[3]


Schweitzer, C. E. and R. M. Feldmann. (2000). Re-evaluation of the Cancridae Latreille, 1802 (Decapoda: Brachyura) including three new genera and three new species. Contributions to Zoology 69(4), 223-50.
Tavares, M. and R. Cleva. (2010). Trichopeltariidae (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura), a new family and superfamily of eubrachyuran crabs with description of one new genus and five new species. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo) 50(9), 97-157.

Schweitzer, C. E., et al. (2006). New Decapoda (Anomura, Brachyura) from the Eocene Bateque and Tepetate Formations, Baja California Sur, México. Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum 33(2006), 1-14.

External links

Davie, P. (2013). Anatolikos Schweitzer & Feldmann, 2000. World Register of Marine Species. Accessed 1 December 2013.


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