Acutiramus macrophthalmus, a giant sea scorpion from New York, USA - ROM2015_14447_1

ROM2015_14447_1

Acutiramus macrophthalmus, a giant sea scorpion from New York, USA

Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumArthropoda
    • ClassClade Euchelicerata
    • OrderEurypterida
    • FamilyPterygotidae
    • GenusAcutiramus
    • SpecificEpithetmacrophthalmus
Object number: ROMIP54900-44283
Not on view
DescriptionEurypterids, sometimes known as sea scorpions, were predatory marine arthropods (joint-legged animals without a backbone) that lacked mineralized hard parts. The huge, claw-bearing pterygotids were preserved only under exceptional conditions and mostly in shallow lagoonal settings. This composite specimen of the giant eurypterid Acutiramus was restored from several matching fragments found at a single locality in New York State. Pieces of smaller specimens occur in the Silurian rocks of southern Ontario.
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