Huge Tumidocarcinus Crab Fossil from New Zealand

Tumidocarcinus giganteus

Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda, Superfamily Xanthoidea, Family Xanthidae

Geological Time: Miocene

Size: Crab fossil is 12.5 cm in diameter ( 5” )

Fossil Site: Montanou Beach, New Zealand

Fossil Code: PFD4

Price: Sold

Tumidocarcinus giganteus Fossil CrabDescription: In March and July of 2008 I had the unique privilege of purchasing two large lots from a most important collection. The collector had painstakingly accumulated a superb group of decapods, echinoderms and other fossils during a twenty-year period. The vast majority of the specimens came from self-collecting, academic resources, trading, and selected purchases. Very few of fossils came from the normal channels of trade shows and commercial internet resources. Any specimen presented under this introductory paragraph will generally be a superior collector grade fossil; be it of rarity, preservation, or, both.

In the Miocene seas of New Zealand, the giant crab Tumidocarcinus giganteus, five times the size than the modern purple rock crab, flourished. The fascinating aspect of the creature's claws was the difference in size between right and left. On males, the right claw could grow up to twice the size of the left. It's believed the over-sized claw was used for fighting, feeding and signalling to attract female crabs.These deepwater creatures scrabbled sideways along the seabed.

This is a fine, if incomplete specimen of this species. Both claws are present as are residual segments of four of the legs. It was found in a concretion and is fully inflated and 3D, with a deep chocolate brown color.

Fossil Sales

click fossil pictures to enlarge

High Resolution Images Below
Tumidocarcinus giganteus Fossil Crab
Tumidocarcinus giganteus Crab
Normall Images Below

Fossil Mall Navigation:
l Home l Fossils for Sale Map l Museum and Rare Fossils l How to Buy Fossils l

Navigate by Fossil Dealers:
l EDCOPE Enterprises l Pangaea Fossils l Stonerelic l

Navigate by Fossil Category:
l Trilobites
l Ammonites l Fish Fossils l Invertebrate Fossils l
l Crinoids and Echinoderms l Insect Fossils l Dinosaur and Reptile Fossils l
l Cambrian Explosion Fossils l Plant Fossils l Stromatolites l
l Vertebrate Fossils l Fossil Amber l Trace & Ichnofossils l

l Fossils and Paleotological Science Information l