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First Report of Costacopluma Collins and Morris, 1975 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Retroplumidae) from the Eocene of Alabama, U.S.A.

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Abstract Nine specimens of retroplumid crabs collected from the late early or early middle Eocene Tallahatta Formation in southern Alabama form the basis for description of a new species, Costacopluma grayi. The discovery confirms the extension of the range of the genus into the Eocene and represents the first occurrence of Costacopluma in the United States. As a result of the geologic range extension, the genus is now known to be contemporary with two other retroplumid genera, Retrocypoda, and Retropluma.

Affiliations: 1: a (RMF, correspondence) Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242, U.S.A. (; ; 2: b (RWP) Florida Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 117800, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611-7800, U.S.A. (


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