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Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana

Volumen 65, núm. 2, 2013, p. 213-217

Squilla taulinanusn. sp. (Crustacea, Stomatopoda, Squillidae) from the Burdigalian (Miocene) of Taulignan, south-eastern France

Shane T. Ahyong1,*, Sylvain Charbonnier2,**, Alessandro Garassino3,***

1 Department of Marine Invertebrates, Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia, and School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia.

2 Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, Département Histoire de la Terre, UMR 7207 CNRS, Centre de Recherche sur la Paléobiodiversité et les Paléoenvironnements, Case postale 38, 8 rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris (France).

3 Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano, Sezione di Paleontologia, Corso Venezia 55, 20121 Milano (Italia).

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Abstract

Mantis shrimps (Crustacea: Stomatopoda) are rather rare in the fossil record. Nineteen species have been assigned to Squillidae, of which 12 species have been recorded from the Miocene. We describe herein a squillid, Squilla taulinanus n. sp., from the Miocene of Taulignan, south-eastern France. The exceptionally well-preserved specimen is remarkable in apparently having abdominal somites 5–6 conjoined; such somatic abnormality is rare in stomatopods. A taxonomic reassessment of the fossil species assigned to Squillais provided.

Keywords: Crustacea, Stomatopoda, Squillidae, Burdigalian, Miocene, France.