Publication Title

Journal of Crustacean Biology

Publication Date

2-2008

Document Type

Article

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1651/07-2882R.1

Keywords

Brachyura, Cretaceous, Neogene, Paleogene, Portunoidea, phylogeny, taxonomy

Disciplines

Earth Sciences | Geology | Paleontology

Abstract

The superfamily Portunoidea including extinct lineages is herein evaluated via cladistic analysis of adult morphological characters and traditional systematics. Nearly every fossil species has been examined via type material, or if this was not possible, through illustrations and original descriptions. The analyses indicate that the superfamily is much more diverse at the family level than has previously been recognized, and three subfamilies, Catoptrinae, Carcininae, and Macropipinae, are herein elevated to family status. One new family, Longusorbiidae; two new genera, Euronectes and Viaophthalmus; and two nomen nova are named herein in addition to the recognition of seven new combinations. The fossil record of each of the resulting families is evaluated and summarized, indicating that the superfamily extends into the Cretaceous but that many of the families are indeed much younger lineages.


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