Mud shrimpKingdom: Animalia
Sub Period: None
International Age: Tithonian
Acquired by: Purchase/Trade
Length: 3 cm
Taxonomy from Fossilworks.org.
The state of preservation of Magila is mostly poor, which becomes understandable when you consider that Magila was a burrowing crustacean living in the ground. Therefore, a more calcified carapace was not necessary. Only the exceptionally wide claws are mostly well preserved. These probably also served for digging.
Diagnosis from Garassino & Schweigert 2006, p. 22: “Carapace cylindrical laterally flattened; deep cervical groove strongly directed forward; one or two carinae weak in antennal region; rostrum short and edentate; antennal spine well developed; pereiopods I-III chelate; pereiopod I larger and stronger than pereiopods II-III; pereiopods IV-V achelate; uropodal exopod with diaeresis.”
Garassino, Alessandro & Schweigert, Günter (2006). The Upper Jurassic Solnhofen decapod crustacean fauna review of the types from old descriptions Part I. Infraorders Astacidea, Thalassinidea, and Palinura. Memorie della Societa Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano, Volume XXXIV - Fascicolo I.
Schweitzer, C. E., Feldmann, R. M., Garassino, A., Karasawa, H. and Schweigert, G. (2010). Systematic list of fossil decapod crustacean species. Crustaceana Monographs 10:1-222.
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