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On the occurrence of (Decapoda, Axiidea, Ctenochelidae) in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin.

Bull Geosci 2014 Mar;89(2):245-256

Regional Museum in Most, Československé armády 1360, CZ-434 38 Most, Czech Republic.

Because of close morphological affinities, fossil cheliped fragments of the ghost shrimp (Decapoda, Axiidea, Ctenochelidae) can be easily misidentified as remains of different decapod crustacean taxa. Re-examination of the Cretaceous decapods deposited in the National Museum in Prague revealed that all supposed specimens of the lobster genus found in the Middle Coniacian calcareous claystones of the Březno Formation, including one of the Fritsch's original specimens of , actually belong to . This material together with newly collected specimens from the same locality, allowed for erection of a new species, Its major chela possesses a serrated ischium and ovoid, unarmed merus; therefore, it is considered a close relative of the extant and . Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3140/bull.geosci.1421DOI Listing
March 2014
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