This is a beautiful replica of Antrimpos speciosus.
Antrimpos speciosus was a large Eucarid (shrimp) from the lithographic limestone beds of Solnhofen, Bavaria, Germany. (Late Jurassic 160-140 million years ago) These limestone beds are the result of a series of islands and shallow lagoons. The fine grained sediments in these lagoons produced nearly flawless remains of plant and animals which fell into or were washed into them as well as some of their natural residents.
Antrimpos speciosus belongs to the phylum Arthropoda and class Malacostraca. This class includes crabs, crayfish, shrimp, “sow bugs”, and lobsters. They ranged from the Early Cambrian to the present. The class Malacostraca is divided in five superorders: Phylocarida, large with a bivalved shell and an extended abdomen; Syncarida, lacked a carapace and egg carrying brook pouch; Hoplocarida, which includes a single living order, the Stromatopoda (mantis shrimp); Peracardia, which includes amphopods, and isopods (sow bugs); and Eucarida, krill, shrimp, decapod shrimp, crayfish, crab, and lobsters belong to this order. Eucarida are also knows as “true shrimps”.
Antrimpos speciosus possessed an elongated, segmented body with a light carapace (exoskeleton) which covered the thorax and head regions. They also had multiple pairs of limbs and a fanlike tail.
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