Name: Amplectobelua.
Phonetic: Am-plec-to-bel-u-ah.
Named By: Hou, Bergström & Ahlberg - 1995.
Classification: Arthopoda,‭ ‬Dinocaridida,‭ ‬Radiodonta,‭ ‬Anomalocarididae.
Species: A.‭ ‬symbrachiata‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬stephenensis.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Appendages range in size from‭ ‬2.8‭ ‬to‭ ‬5.1‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Canada.‭ ‬China.
Time period: Mid Cambrian.
Fossil representation: A.‭ ‬symbrachiata known from several specimens,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬stephenensis only known from claws.

       Amplectobelua is a genus of anomalocaridid that is known from deposits in both Canada and China.‭ ‬Amplectobelua is one of the more specialised anomalocaridid genera as the main grasping appendages terminate in rudimentary claws that would have allowed Amplectobelua to pick up small objects,‭ ‬be they morsels of organic matter,‭ ‬or small organisms on the sea floor.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New anomalocaridid appendages from the Burgess Shale,‭ ‬Canada.‭ ‬Palaeontology‭ ‬53‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬721.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Allison C.‭ ‬Daley‭ & ‬Gregory E.‭ ‬Budd‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.


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