Swiss Journal of Palaeontology

, Volume 132, Issue 2, pp 129–139 | Cite as

The fossil record of Glypturus (Decapoda: Axiidea: Callianassidae) revisited with additional observations and description of a new species

  • Matúš Hyžný
  • Ali Bahrami
  • Adiël A. Klompmaker
  • Mehdi Yazdi
  • Roger W. Portell
  • Christian Neumann


The extent of propodal tuberculation is considered taxonomically important for species of the callianassid genus Glypturus (Decapoda: Axiidea). Based on cheliped material from the Middle-Late Miocene of Iran, Glypturus persicus n. sp. is described here. It possesses no tuberculation on the outer surface of the major propodus, whereas its inner surface is moderately to heavily tuberculated in terms of its extent. It resembles extant Glypturus armatus, but this species is completely smooth on both propodal surfaces. A reappraisal of Glypturus toulai from the Early and Late Miocene of Panama is presented. Additionally, the type material of Glypturus fraasi from the Late Eocene of Egypt is figured. In the nature of tuberculation, an evolutionary trend is observable in Glypturus with the most tuberculated forms from the Palaeogene and less tuberculated forms from the Neogene. This trend is clearly seen in the possible West Atlantic lineage of the genus.


Decapoda Axiidea Callianassidae Glypturus Eocene Miocene New species 



The authors are grateful to the anonymous reviewer and editor for useful comments and thank Peter C. Dworschak, Mathias Harzhauser, Oleg Mandic and Andreas Kroh (all Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria) for access to collections of extant (PCD) and fossil (MH, OM, AK) ghost shrimps. John W.M. Jagt (Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands) kindly improved the English of an earlier draft of the manuscript. This work has been supported by Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Lise Meitner Program M 1544, APVV-0640-10 and APVV-0436-12 to M. H., the Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Endowment Fund to A.A.K., and National Science Foundation grant 0966884 (Partnerships for International Research and Education). This is University of Florida Contribution to Paleobiology 658.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matúš Hyžný
    • 1
  • Ali Bahrami
    • 2
  • Adiël A. Klompmaker
    • 3
  • Mehdi Yazdi
    • 2
  • Roger W. Portell
    • 3
  • Christian Neumann
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of Geology, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of IsfahanIsfahanIslamic Republic of Iran
  3. 3.Florida Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und BiodiversitätsforschungBerlinGermany

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