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  • Mecochirus longimanatus Schlotheim 1822


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    • The first pereiopod is strongly elongated, was used to catch prey, and was more calcified than the rest of the body.  Mecochirus was probably a bottom-dwelling reef inhabitant.

      On the plate are also several specimens of the swimming crinoid Saccocoma tenella GOLDFUSS, 1831

       

      Literature:

      C. E. Schweitzer, R. M. Feldmann, A. Garassino, H. Karasawa, and G. Schweigert. 2010. Systematic list of fossil decapod crustacean species. Crustaceana Monographs 10:1-222

    Taxonomy

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Malacostraca
    Order: Decapoda
    Family: Mecochiridae
    Genus: Mecochirus
    Species: Mecochirus longimanatus
    Author Citation Schlotheim 1822

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Mesozoic
    Period: Jurassic
    Epoch: Late
    International Age: Tithonian

    Stratigraphy

    Weissjura Group
    Altmühltal-Formation

    Biostratigraphy

    Hybonotum-Zone
    Rueppelianus-Subzone

    Provenance

    Collector: T. Bastelberger
    Date Collected: 07/01/1971
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Location

    Solnhofen - Untere Haardt
    Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen district
    Bavaria
    Germany

    Comments

    The first pereiopod is strongly elongated, was used to catch prey, and was more calcified than the rest of the body.  Mecochirus was probably a bottom-dwelling reef inhabitant.

    On the plate are also several specimens of the swimming crinoid Saccocoma tenella GOLDFUSS, 1831

     

    Literature:

    C. E. Schweitzer, R. M. Feldmann, A. Garassino, H. Karasawa, and G. Schweigert. 2010. Systematic list of fossil decapod crustacean species. Crustaceana Monographs 10:1-222



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