Spider crabs of the Western Atlantic with special reference to fossil and some modern Mithracidae

@article{Klompmaker2015SpiderCO,
  title={Spider crabs of the Western Atlantic with special reference to fossil and some modern Mithracidae},
  author={Adi{\"e}l A. Klompmaker and Roger W. Portell and Aaron T. Klier and Vanessa Prueter and Alyssa L. Tucker},
  journal={PeerJ},
  year={2015},
  volume={3}
}
Spider crabs (Majoidea) are well-known from modern oceans and are also common in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean. When spider crabs appeared in the Western Atlantic in deep time, and when they became diverse, hinges on their fossil record. By reviewing their fossil record, we show that (1) spider crabs first appeared in the Western Atlantic in the Late Cretaceous, (2) they became common since the Miocene, and (3) most species and genera are found in the Caribbean region from the Miocene… Expand
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