Whittle et al., 2008

Author(s):Whittle, R., Gabbott, S., Aldridge, R., Theron, J.
Year:2008
Title:Late Ordovician (Hirnantian) scolecodont clusters from the Soom Shale Lagerst├Ątte, South Africa
Journal:Journal of Micropalaeontology
Volume:27
Number:2
Pages:147-159
Abstract

More than 20 partial scolecodont clusters were recovered from the Soom Shale Lager-stätte, South Africa. The specimens were found in association with chitinozoans, algae, conodont apparatuses and the enigmatic needle-like fossil Siphonacis. The Family Xanioprionidae is identified and the species Xanioprion? n. sp. is distinguished. The Family Mochtyellidae is also identified and the new genus Synaptogenys and new species S. rietvleiensis are described. The specimens represent the first described scolecodonts from South Africa and the first apparatus-based taxonomic study of specimens from Gondwana.

Keywords:scolecodonts
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.27.2.147
New genera described:1. Synaptogenys Whittle et al., 2008
New species described:1. Synaptogenys rietvleiensis Whittle et al., 2008