Named By: Hou, Bergström & Ahlberg - 1995.
Classification: Arthopoda, Dinocaridida, Radiodonta, Anomalocarididae.
Species: A. symbrachiata (type), A. stephenensis.
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.
- New anomalocaridid appendages from the Burgess Shale, Canada. Palaeontology 53 (4): 721. - Allison C. Daley & Gregory E. Budd - 2010.