This specimen is from an old 1970's collection and is a superb example of this female of the species. The sex of crabs are determined by the abdominal region which is beautifully preserved in this text book example which is a female. Also, the crab carapace is beautifully preserved.
Prepared from a hard phosphatic nodule, is this quite superb matrix free crab. The carapace is highly ornate and exceptionally well preserved as is the underbelly. Specimens with the underbelly preserved are rare as these tend not to fossilise as well due to the fact that the parts are softer. A fabulous drawer specimen and as good as they come!!