Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana

Volumen 65, núm. 2, 2013, p. 255-264

Ghost shrimps (Decapoda: Axiidea: Callianassidae) of the Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) Ocozocoautla Formation, Chiapas (Mexico)

Matúš Hyžný1,*, Francisco J. Vega2, Marco A. Coutiño3

1 Department of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina G1, SVK-842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia.
2 Instituto de Geología,UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México DF 04510, Mexico.
3 Museo de Paleontología “Eliseo Palacios Aguilera”, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente e Historia Natural/Dirección de Paleontología, Calzada de los Hombres Ilustres s/n, Colonia Antiguo Parque Madero, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 29000, Chiapas, Mexico.

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 On the basis of newly collected material, two ghost shrimp taxa from the lower Maastrichtian Ocozocoautla Formation in Chiapas (Mexico) are recorded. Callianassa burckhardti is reassigned to Eucalliax, which extends the known fossil record of this genus to the early Maastrichtian. A new species, Callianassa (s.l.) ocozocoautlaensis, is described based on a single specimen whose state of preservation does not enable a firm generic assignment, despite the fact that the material exhibits striking similarities to extant Callianassa modesta, occasionally treated as a member of the genus Cheramus. The fossil record of ghost shrimps from Mexico is briefly reappraised and their survival across the K/Pg boundary is discussed. The conservative body plan of ctenochelid and callianassid taxa is emphasized and it is postulated that virtually all major ghost shrimp clades were already established well before the Cenozoic.

Keywords: Callianassidae, Eucalliax, Callianassa, Ocozocoautla Formation, Maastrichtian, Mexico.