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Any of various decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura; a crab.

[From New Latin Brachyūra, infraorder name : Greek brakhu-, brachy- + Greek ourā, tail; see -urous.]

brach′y·u′ran, brach′y·u′rous (-yo͝or′əs) adj.


(ˌbrækɪˈjʊərən) ,




(Animals) any decapod crustacean of the group (formerly suborder) Brachyura, which includes the crabs
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Brachyura
[C19: from New Latin Brachyura (literally: short-tailed creatures), from brachy- + Greek oura tail]


(ˌbræk iˈyʊər ən)

1. belonging or pertaining to the suborder Brachyura, comprising the true crabs.
2. a brachyuran crustacean.
[1875–80; < New Latin Brachyur(a)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brachyuran - typical crabs
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
Brachyura, suborder Brachyura - an order of crustaceans (including true crabs) having a reduced abdomen folded against the ventral surface
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Garth JS (1960) Distribution and affinities of the brachyuran Crustacea En: Symposium: The biogeography of the California and adyacent seas.
Finally, a brachyuran zoea larva was encountered, representing less than 1% both in abundance and frequency.
Constraint on reproductive output in brachyuran crabs: Pinnotherids test the rule.
203 x Hemolymph refractive index concentration (for Panulirus argus; coefficients vary by species) Percent TDW Hepatopancreas dry weight/Hepatopancreas wet weight x 100% (computationally equivalent to HMC) HMC 100 - Hepatopancreas dry weight/Hepatopancreas wet weight x 100 (computationally equivalent to TDW) DWI Hepatopancreas dry weight/Animal wet weight x 100 RWDG Hepatopancreas wet weight/Animal wet weight x 100 (hepatosomatic index) Index Taxa Serum protein Spiny lobster (Behringer & Butler 2006); clawed concentration lobste (Stewart & Li 1969, Wang & McGaw 2014); brachyuran crabs (Cormier et al.
In the present study, survey of brachyuran crabs for biodiversity was done along three substations; Sheva creek, Peerwadi coast and Dharamtar creek of Uran (Raigad), Navi Mumbai, west coast of India.
All were parasitic on the brachyuran crabs such as Pilmnus vespertilio, Leptodius exacratus and Philyra.
Rhythmicity of larval release in three species of intertidal brachyuran crabs (Crustacea: Brachyura) from Inhaca Island (Mozambique).
The concentrations of NAGL in the urine of late premolt-stage females of two brachyuran species, Telmessus cheiragonus and Callinectes sapidus, were compared by Mann-Whitney U test.
guanhumi do not differ from the pattern presented for the brachyuran crabs, where males tend to be larger than females, there was no significant difference between the averages of carapace width of males and females in the first year of sampling.
Such a trend has been observed in most tropical brachyuran (Rasheed & Mustaquim 2010, Severino-Rodrigues et al.
Mechanism for the re-invasion of an estuary by two species of brachyuran megalopae.
Garth JS (1960) Distribution and affinities of the brachyuran Crustacea En: The biogeography of the California and adyacent seas.