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Decapod Database
Online Systematics Archive 11
Scope

This is a Paleobiology Database Online Systematics Archive including classification and alpha taxonomy of decapod crustaceans (shrimps, lobsters, crabs). The occurrences in this database are largely derived from NSF-funded projects of Rodney M. Feldmann and Carrie E. Schweitzer and include occurrences in the Southern Hemisphere, especially Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and Antarctica; the Central Americas, especially Baja California Sur, Mexico; and northern and eastern Europe, especially Romania. In addition, classification and occurrence information is added for fossil decapods worldwide as the data become available. Every attempt is made to enter the complete systematic placement of each taxon, but this an ongoing process. All of the entered data are derived from published, peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book chapters.

Scientific goals

The goals are to provide up-to-date, verified taxonomic information on the decapod crustaceans, a perhaps less well-studied group in the fossil record despite the relative common occurrence of the fossils. In addition, as more information is added, paleobiogeographic distributions can be plotted with ease as can diversity patterns over time at a variety of taxonomic levels.

History

Feldmann has 40 years of experience and publication record working with fossil decapod crustaceans, and Schweitzer has a decade's worth of the same. Entry of the data began in 2004 and includes publications generated by NSF funding since that time. Data entry is ongoing.

Publications
  • R. M. Feldmann. 2003. The Decapoda: New initiatives and novel approaches. Journal of Paleontology 77:1021-1039.
  • R. M. Feldmann and C. E. Schweitzer. 2006. Paleobiogeography of southern hemisphere decapod Crustacea. Journal of Paleontology 80:83-103.
  • C. E. Schweitzer. 2001. Paleobiogeography of Cretaceous and Tertiary decapod crustaceans of the North Pacific Ocean. Journal of Paleontology 75:808-826.
  • C. E. Schweitzer and R. M. Feldmann. 2005. Decapod crustaceans, the K/P event, and the Palaeocene recovery, p. 17-53. In S. Koenemann and R. A. Jenner (eds.), Crustacea and Arthropod Relationships. Taylor and Francis Group, New York.
  • C. E. Schweitzer, R. M. Feldmann, G. Gonzalez-Barba, and F. J. Vega. 2002. New crabs from the Eocene and Oligocene of Baja California Sur, Mexico and an assessment of the evolutionary and paleobiogeographic implications of Mexican fossil decapods. Paleontological Society Memoir 59, 43 p.
Contact information

Carrie E. Schweitzer
Department of Geology
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242
Phone: 330-672-2505
Fax: 330-672-7949
Email: cschweit@kent.edu
      Rodney M. Feldmann
Department of Geology
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242
Phone: 330-672-2506
Fax: 330-672-7949
Email: rfeldman@kent.edu

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