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Two new Miocene limpets (Fissurellidae) from southern California, with notes on other fossil occurrences of the family in northwestern North America


Two new fissurellid limpets (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Fissurellidae), Fissurella? stantoni n. sp. and Scelidotoma aldersoni n. sp., are described from Miocene deposits in southern California. Fissurella? stantoni is described from a single specimen from the middle Miocene Topanga Canyon Formation in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County, California. Scelidotoma aldersoni is described from two specimens, one from the middle Miocene Topanga Canyon Formation, and another provisionally (cf.) identified specimen of an internal mold from the middle Miocene “Vaqueros” Formation on Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara County, southern California. Other unreported fossil occurrences of Scelidotoma are a juvenile specimen attributed only to genus collected in the middle Eocene Crescent Formation in Washington state and S. bella from the Pliocene part of the San Diego Formation, San Diego County, California. The Scelidotoma occurrences extend the chronostratigraphic range of S. bella from the Holocene (living) to the middle Pliocene, and the range of the genus back to the middle Eocene.

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