Named By: A. Milne-Edwards - 1862.
Classification: Arthropoda, Crustacea, Malacostraca, Decapoda, Brachyura, Cancridae.
Species: M. anthonyi, M. danai, M. davidi, M. goederti, M. gracilis, M. granti, M. izumoensis, M. jenniferae, M. magister, M. minutoserratus, M. novaezelandiae, M. novazelandiae, M. starri, M. tenax.
Size: Average about 10-20 centimetres shell width, but exact size depends upon the species.
Known locations: Possibly worldwide.
Time period: Oligocene through to modern day for some species.
Fossil representation: Numerous individuals.
With the first individuals initially described as a species of the Cancer genus, Metacarcinus is a genus of crab that not only has some living species today, but a number of prehistoric ones too. Some of these species such as M. starri and M. goederti are known from deposits as old as the Oligocene period.
- A new crab (Brachyura: Cancridae) from Lower Miocene rocks of the Northwestern Olympic Peninsula, Washington. - Journal of Paleontology 70 (5): 830–835. - Ross E. Berglund & James L. Goedert - 1996.
- Re-evaluation of the Cancridae Latreille, 1802 (Decapoda: Brachyura) including three new genera and three new species. - Contributions to Zoology 69 (4): 223–250. - Carrie E. Schweitzer & Rodney M. Feldmann - 2000.