Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

A new species of Glyphea (Decapoda: Palinura) from the La Meseta Formation (Eocene) of Seymour Island, Antarctica

Rodney M. Feldmann and Andrzej Gaździcki

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 42 (3), 1997: 437-445

A new species of palinuran lobster, Glyphea reticulata, from the lowermost part of the Eocene La Meseta Formation on Seymour Island, Antarctica, represents one of the stratigraphically youngest species of Glyphea. The occurrence of the last vestiges of what was previously a cosmopolitan genus in a region dominated by Pacific Ocean faunal influences is significant because the sole extant species of the Glypheidae, Neoglyphea inopinata Forest & Saint Laurent, 1975, is known only from the west Pacific.

Key words: Decapoda, Glypheidae, paleobiogeography, evolution, Eocene, Antarctica.

Rodney M. Feldmann [], Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 44242, U.S.A. Andrzej Gaździcki [], Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, ul. Twarda 51/55, PL-00-818 Warszawa, Poland.

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