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1 August 2009 A New Cirolanid Isopod (Crustacea) from the Cretaceous of Lebanon: Dermoliths Document the Pre-Molt Condition
Rodney M. Feldmann
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Discovery of a single specimen of cirolanid isopod from the Late Cretaceous of Lebanon permits definition of a new species, Cirolana garassinoi. Preservation with the ventral surface exposed is unique among isopod fossils. The evidence of a thin, apparently transparent cuticle and three pairs of dermoliths suggests that the specimen died while in the pre-molt condition. The ability to sequester calcium and possibly other mineral salts in a marine isopod may indicate a preadaptation to terrestrial lifestyles where the process is common in extant forms.

Rodney M. Feldmann "A New Cirolanid Isopod (Crustacea) from the Cretaceous of Lebanon: Dermoliths Document the Pre-Molt Condition," Journal of Crustacean Biology 29(3), 373-378, (1 August 2009). https://doi.org/10.1651/08-3096.1
Published: 1 August 2009
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Cretaceous
dermoliths
Isopoda
Lebanon
pre-molt condition
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