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Volume 27, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 27, 147-159, 2008
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.27.2.147
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
J. Micropalaeontol., 27, 147-159, 2008
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.27.2.147
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  01 Nov 2008

01 Nov 2008

Late Ordovician (Hirnantian) scolecodont clusters from the Soom Shale Lagerstätte, South Africa

Rowan Whittle1,2, Sarah Gabbott1, Richard Aldridge1, and Johannes Theron3 Rowan Whittle et al.
  • 1Department of Geology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
  • 2Current address: British Antarctic Survey, Geological Sciences Division, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK
  • 3Department of Geology, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag XI, Stellenbosch 7602, South Africa (e-mail )

Keywords: scolecodont, Polychaeta, Soom Shale, Xanioprionidae, Mochtyellidae

Abstract. More than 20 partial scolecodont clusters were recovered from the Soom Shale Lagerstätte, 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.

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