First record of a fossil verrucid barnacle in California: Verruca digitali sp. nov. (Cirripedia: Thoracica) from the late Miocene

Buckeridge, J and Finger, K 2001, 'First record of a fossil verrucid barnacle in California: Verruca digitali sp. nov. (Cirripedia: Thoracica) from the late Miocene', Journal of Crustacean Biology, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 443-449.


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Title First record of a fossil verrucid barnacle in California: Verruca digitali sp. nov. (Cirripedia: Thoracica) from the late Miocene
Author(s) Buckeridge, J
Finger, K
Year 2001
Journal name Journal of Crustacean Biology
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 443
End page 449
Total pages 7
Publisher Crustacean Society
Abstract A new cirripede (Verrucomorpha: Verrucidae) Verruca digitali Buckeridge sp. nov. is described from the late Miocene in Orange County, California. The discovery of dozens of specimens in siliceous shale of the upper Monterey Formation is remarkable because both living and fossil Verrucidae are rare in the Northeast Pacific and adjacent terrains and the stratigraphic sequence is characteristically bathyal in origin. We propose that these specimens of V. digitali were epiphytic, being attached to seaweed that was either planktic or uprooted and displaced downslope. This species is similar to Verruca alaskana Pilsbry, a Pliocene species from Alaska, and Verruca laevigata Sowerby, and extant species inhabiting shallow waters off the west coast of South America. Verruca digitali is a likely Miocene candidate for a "Verruca laevigata bioseries".
Subject Palaeontology (incl. Palynology)
Palaeoecology
Keyword(s) Verruca alaskana
Verruca digitali
Verruca laevigata
Copyright notice © 2001 The Crustacean Society
ISSN 0278-0372
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