Impressive Harpactocarcinus Crab Fossil

Harpactocarcinus punctulatus

Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda, Family Xanthidae

Geological Time: Middle Eocene, Lutetian Stage (~45 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 146 mm across Carapace 120 mm by 90 mm

Foosil Site: Monte Baldo Quarry, Verona, Italy

Fossil Code: KZC03

Price: Sold

Harpactocarcinus Crab FossilDescription: This is a member of the Xanthidae, or mud crabs. This species has been found in Europe, Africa, and North America (Texas). The modern-day crabs frequent soft, muddy substrates where they grub for detritus and small worms. Note the large claws and textured carapace. Usually the legs would disarticulate soon after death, but the main limbs with pinchers are present, making for an impressive display specimen that is large for the type.

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