DECAPOD CRUSTACEANS OF THE SEROE DOMI FORMATION OF CURAÇAO
The collection totals approximately 250 specimens that exhibit excellent preservation of fine details, including fragile spines and delicate surface textures; however, the majority of the specimens are fragmented and disarticulated. At the current stage of research, five families have been identified as: Raninidae (de Haan, 1841), Leucosiidae (Samouelle, 1819), Majidae (Samouelle, 1819), Portunidae (Rafinesque, 1815), and Calappidae (de Haan, 1833). Additional decapod taxa are represented by fragmentary remains and are difficult to identify.
While the Seroe Domi Formation represents a coral reef environment, the majority of the corals are found in the subunits overlying the horizon where the decapods were collected. The sediments in the subunit where the decapods were collected represent a soft bottom, fore-reef talus environment; the decapods in the assemblage are typical of this environment.