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Phylum of segmented invertebrate animals with heads, jointed appendages, and a thickened chitinous cuticle, forming an exoskeleton.

The following taxa of this phylum occur in the region:

Class Crustacea (Crustaceans)
Lysmata grabhami (Scarlet-striped cleaning shrimp)
Periclimenes pedersoni (Pederson cleaning shrimp)
Periclimenes yucatanicus (Spotted cleaner shrimp)
Rhynchocinetes rigens (Red night shrimp)
Stenopus hispidus (Banded coral shrimp)
Thor amboinensis (Squat anemone shrimp)
Calappa flammea (Flamed box crab)
Calappa gallus (Rough box crab)
Calcinus tibicen (Orange-claw hermit)
Callinectus sapidus (Blue crab)
Carpilius corallinus (Batwing coral crab)
Palinurellus gundlachi (Copper lobster)
Mithrax pilosus (Hairy clinging crab)
Dromidia antillensis (Decorator crab)
Mithrax spinosissimus (Channel clinging crab)
Paguristes cadenati (Red reef hermit)
Paguristes erythrops (Red banded hermit)
Palinurus argus (Caribbean spiny lobster)
Palinurus guttatus (Spotted spiny lobster)
Pelia mutica (Cryptic teardrop crab)
Portunus sebae (Ocellate swimming crab)
Scyllarides aequinoctialis (Spanish slipper lobster)
Stenorhynchus seticornis (Yellowline arrow crab)
Anilocra laticaudata (Soldierfish isopod)
Gonodactylus spp. (Dark mantis)
Tetraclita stalactifera (Ribbed barnacle)
Lepas anatifera (Smooth goose-neck barnacle)

Arthropods (Phylum Arthropoda)