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Bicornisranina Bocki, N. Gen., N. Sp. (Decapoda: Raninidae) from the Cretaceous of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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Abstract A new genus and species of raninid crab, Bicornisranina bocki, is described from the Upper Cretaceous Haslam and Pender formations of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Bicornisranina bocki (Raninidae: Raninoidinae) shares similar characteristics with other genera within Raninidae, including a bifid anterolateral spine, as seen in Rogueus, and a similar frontal spine conformation as seen in Raninoides. Although B. bocki shares morphological characteristics with other genera within Raninidae, B. bocki possesses a distinct sternum that sets it apart and warrants establishment of a new genus. With the occurrence of Bicornisranina from lower Campanian rocks of Vancouver Island, the range of Raninoidinae is confidently extended into the Cretaceous.

Affiliations: 1: a (TN, correspondence) Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California 92350 U.S.A. ( ; 2: b (JF) 1404-1199 Eastwood St., Coquitlam, BC, Canada V3B 7W7 (


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