One single decapod palinurid lobster from the Lower Cretaceous (Albian) is reported from Wissant (Pas-de-Calais, France). The studied specimen has been ascribed to the infraorder Achelata Scholtz & Richter, 1995, and named Panulirus destombesi n. sp. (Palinuridae Latreille, 1802). It is the first report of the Recent genus Panulirus White, 1847 in the fossil record, enlarging our knowledge of Lower Cretaceous palinurids.
Crustacea, Decapoda, Palinuridae, Lower Cretaceous, Albian, France, new species