Abstract

The scarce fossil record of stomatopod crustaceans is extended with three new species and two new genera described from the Miocene of California. Squilla laingae new species and Angelosquilla altamirensis new genus and species show clear affinities to the Recent family Squillidae. Topangasquilla gravesi new genus and species can be accommodated within the Recent family Lysiosquillidae. These new species occur in the Monterey and Topanga Formations in Los Angeles County. In addition, three other specimens are described from the Miocene Topanga Formation. The preservation of these stomatopods is among the best noted for any fossils of this group. These specimens show characteristic stages of decay that clearly correspond with those noticed in taphonomic experiments with Recent stomatopods.

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