Lower Pliocene decapod crustaceans from the southwestern Iberian Peninsula (Guadalquivir Basin, Sevilla, Spain)

Eduabdo Mayoral, Pál Mûller, Fernando Muñiz

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A new Lower Pliocene crustacean assemblage is recorded in the southwestern region of the Iberian Peninsula. This assemblage is of very low diversity, being represented almost exclusively (96%) by specimens of Goneplax gulderi Bachmayer, 1953 of the family Goneplacidae. Other families represented are Callianassidae (Callianassa sp.), Laomediidae (Jaxea cf. nocturna Nardo, 1847) and Calappidae (Calappa cf. saheliensis Van Straelen, 1936) as well as Portunidae (sp. indet.). The similarity between the decapod faunas of the Mediterranean Late Miocene suggests that some Late Miocene Mediterranean decapods were also present in nearby parts of the eastern Atlantic realm, thus surviving the Messinian crisis. Initially, this western realm comprised a sublitoral environment with relatively deep quiet waters near the shore. Subsequently, the conditions became more energetic in a very shallow sublittoral setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-510
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998



  • Decapod crustaceans
  • Guadalquivir basin
  • Lower pliocene
  • SW Spain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Stratigraphy
  • Space and Planetary Science

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