Title

Additions to the Records for Decapod Crustacea from Motunau and Glenafric Beaches, North Canterbury, New Zealand

Publication Title

New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics

Publication Date

2006

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/00288306.2006.9515178

Keywords

Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Pseudoziidae, Cancridae, Miocene, New Zealand, paleoecology, paleobio‐geography, systematics, Tongapapaka motunauensis n. gen. et sp., new taxonomic names Related articles

Disciplines

Earth Sciences | Geology | Paleontology

Abstract

Concretions collected from Motunau and Glenafric Beaches, North Canterbury, New Zealand, have yielded a new genus and species of crab, Tongapapaka motunauensis of the xanthoid family Pseudoziidae and several specimens of the cancrid crab Metacarcinus novaezelandiae (Jacquinot in Jacquinot and Lucas), confirming its range from Miocene to Holocene. These beaches have yielded numerous specimens of decapod crustaceans, the lobsters and crabs, over the decades, and the composition of the decapod fauna suggests an offshore setting for the Greta Siltstone and Mt Brown Formation exposed at Motunau and Glenafric Beaches, respectively.

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