from The Century Dictionary.

  • A group of short-tailed stalk-eyed decapodous crus-taceans, such as ordinary crabs: opposed to Macrura (which see).
  • In mammalogy, a group of short-tailed bats, the same as Emballonuridæ (which see).
  • Also Brachyoura.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A group of decapod Crustacea, including the common crabs, characterized by a small and short abdomen, which is bent up beneath the large cephalo-thorax. [Also spelt Brachyoura.] See crab, and Illustration in Appendix.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an order of crustaceans (including true crabs) having a reduced abdomen folded against the ventral surface


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  • Porcupine (Hystrix brachyura), Thailand (Photograph by Sean Austin)

    Tenasserim-South Thailand semi-evergreen rain forests

  • There is also an endemic sub-species of pika (Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis) and sable (Martes zibellina brachyura).

    Hokkaido montane conifer forests

  • In a few million years, the brachyura were all but extinct.


  • In the dipterocarp/deciduous forest, globally threatened species include tiger and banteng Bos javanicus (EN: 10 animals); stump-tailed macaque, Malayan porcupine Hystrix brachyura (VU), Asiatic wild dog, clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa (VU), marbled cat Pardofelis marmorata (VU), serow Naemorhedus sumatrensis and gaur Bos frontalis (VU: 150 animals).

    Dong Phayayan Khao-Yai Forest Complex, Thailand

  • In BBSNP important mammal species are: Panthera tigris sumatrae (CR), Sumatran rhino Dicerhinos sumatrensis (CR), Sumatran hare Nesolagus netscheri (CR), Sumatran elephant Elephas maximus sumatranus (EN), otter civet Cynogale bennettii (EN), Asian tapir, smoothcoated otter Lutrogale perspicillata (VU), flatheaded cat Prionailurus planiceps (VU), Chinese porcupine Hystrix brachyura (VU).

    Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

  • Important mammal species in GLNP are: the orangutan, its flagship symbol, Panthera tigris sumatrae (CR), Sumatran rhino Dicerhinos sumatrensis (CR), otter civet Cynogale bennettii (EN), clouded Asian wild dog Cuon alpinus (VU), Eurasian otter lutra lutra (VU), leopard Neofelis nebulosa (VU), Indian porcupine Hystrix brachyura (VU) and pigtailed monkey Macaca nemestriana.

    Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

  • Manis pentadactyla _or_ brachyura (_Five-fingered or

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • Green-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brachyura c) 10;

    10,000 Birds


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