Cueva Salida (Exit Cave) (Pleistocene of Puerto Rico)

Where: Puerto Rico (18.3° N, 66.8° W: paleocoordinates 18.3° N, 66.7° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Pleistocene (2.6 - 0.0 Ma)

• Exit Cave, northwest of Rio Tanama, Utuado

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; calcareous carbonate

• The crab claw was found in a cave where remains of a sloth and owl pellets were found.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: replaced with calcite

Reposited in the USNM

Collection methods: surface (float),

• University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Paleontological Collection

Primary reference: C. E. Schweitzer, J. Velez-Juarbe, M. Martiniez, A. Hull, R. M. Feldmann and H. Santos. 2008. New Cretaceous and Cenozoic Decapoda (Crustacea: Thalassinidea, Brachyura) from Puerto Rico, United States Territory. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum 34:1-15 [C. Schweitzer/C. Schweitzer/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 78300: authorized by Carrie Schweitzer, entered by Carrie Schweitzer on 01.02.2008, edited by Philip Mannion

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Elasmodontomys obliquus
UPRMP 2920 (Right distal humerus), UPRMP 2952 (right proximal femur), UPRMP 2984 (partial molariform), UPRMP 2985 (upper incisor) and UPRMP 2986 (left premaxilla)
 Decapoda - Gecarcinidae
Cardisoma guanhumi Latreille 1828 crab
 Salientia -
Anura indet. frog
UPRMP 2993 (Partial tibia)
 Salientia - Leptodactylidae
cf. Eleutherodactylus sp. Duméril and Bibron 1841 frog
UPRMP 2991 (Partial humerus)
 Loricata -
Crocodylia indet. crocodilian
UPRMP 2919 (tooth)
 Squamata -
Squamata indet. Oppel 1811 squamates
UPRMP 2994 (1st sacral vertebra)
 Squamata - Iguanidae
Cyclura sp. Harlan 1824 rock iguana
UPRMP 2990 (dorsal vertebrae)
 Squamata - Polychrotidae
Anolis sp. Daudin 1802 anole
UPRMP 2992 (teeth) and UPRMP 3020 (right mandibular ramus)
 Rodentia - Echimyidae
Heteropsomys insulans spiny rat
UPRMP 2988 (Lower right incisor)
 Tribosphenida - Nesophontidae
Nesophontes edithae placental
UPRMP 2987 (Partial left femur) and UPRMP 3077 (left jaw ramus)
 Xenarthra - Megalonychidae
Acratocnus odontrigonus edentate
UPRMP 2921 and UPRMP 2982 (Two partial right femora) and UPRMP 2983 (left upper canine)