Haug J.T., Haug C., Ehrlich M. (2008) First fossil stomatopod larva (Arthropoda: Crustacea) and a new way of documenting Solnhofen fossils (Upper Jurassic, Southern Germany) // Paleodiversity. Vol. 1. P.103-110.
Authors report the first undisputable fossil larval stomatopod, as previous records all refer to thylacocephalans. The single specimen has been found in the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Lithographic Limestones (Bavaria). We documented the specimen using a UV-light microscope, taking over 700 single images. These were summed up to a large compound image adding images in z-axis and in x-y plane. The result is a very high resolution image of high depth of field showing delicate details. The specimen possesses a tri-flagellate antennula and sub-chelate raptorial appendages, identifying it as a stomatopod. Larval characters are a large immobile rostrum and a shield hiding all thoracomeres. The specimen is probably a Sculda sp. and possibly not a S. pennata, but based on the existing data it cannot be verified whether it represents a new species.