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Kingdom  Animalia
Infraorder  Brachyura
Superfamily  Dromioidea
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Family
Subphylum  Crustacea
Section  Dromiacea
Scientific name  Dromiidae
Higher classification  Dromioidea
Order  Decapoda
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Similar  Crab, Crustacean, Parthenopidae, Leucosiidae, Pilumnoidea

Dromiidae is a family of crabs, often referred to as sponge crabs. They are small or medium-sized crabs which get their name from the ability to shape a living sponge into a portable shelter for themselves. A sponge crab cuts out a fragment from a sponge and trims it to its own shape using its claws. The last two pairs of legs are shorter than other legs and bend upward over the crab's carapace, to hold the sponge in place. The sponge grows along with the crab, providing a consistent shelter.

The family Dromiidae contains the following subfamilies and genera:


Dromiidae Wikipedia