• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  • Superorder: Eucarida
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Norwegian: tifotkreps


Decapoda means "ten footed" and that is the main characteristic of these crustaceans. Most decapods are scavengers, feeding on dead animals found on the sea-floor.


You have reached the tasty section. Decapods are popular contributors to menus all over the world. The commercial interest in lobsters (infraorder Astacidea), crabs, (Brachyura) shrimps (Caridea), and even anomurans (Anomura) are significant along most coastlines worldwide.