Abstract

Application of new preparation techniques for cleaning and study of fossil crabs to Dromiopsis rugosa (Schlotheim, 1820), from the late middle Danian limestone in the Fakse quarry, Denmark, has revealed remarkable detail of the carapace surface and epibionts infesting inner and outer surfaces of the carapace. Epibionts, identified as clionid sponges, scleractinian corals, cheilostome and ctenostome bryozoans, serpulid worms, and brachiopods, are interpreted as having attached to molted carapaces after the molted carapace had been released.

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