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Trace fossil evidence of coral-inhabiting crabs (Cryptochiridae) and its implications for growth and paleobiogeography

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Members of the Cryptochiridae are small, fragile, symbiotic crabs that live in domiciles in modern corals. Despite their worldwide occurrence with over 50 species known today, their fossil record is unknown. We provide the first unambiguous evidence of cryptochirids in the fossil record through their crescentic pits, typical for certain cryptochirids, in Western Atlantic fossil corals, while the Eocene genus Montemagrechirusis excluded from the Cryptochiridae and referred to Montemagrechirida...

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, Academic Services, Natural History Museum
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Barbara and son James Toomey More from this funder
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Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Endowment Fund More from this funder
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Nature Publishing Group: Open Access Journals - Option C Publisher's website
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Scientific Reports Journal website
Publication date:
2016-03-05
ISSN:
2045-2322
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uuid:de7feade-4f0e-4605-8cbd-d7187ad926b7
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612179
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pubs:612179

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