Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

The Late Devonian trematid lingulate brachiopod Schizobolus from Poland

Andrzej Baliński and Lars E. Holmer

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 44 (3), 1999: 335-346

A new species of the poorly known lingulate brachiopod Schizobolus is described from the Famennian (Upper Devonian) of Poland. S. polonicus sp. n. has a triangular pedicle notch and a small listrium, indicating that it belongs to the Trematidae within the superfamily Discinoidea. S. polonicus retains some linguloid features, such as a linguloid-like 'pedicle groove' and a V-shaped imprint of the pedicle nerve. The disturbance band, which occurs in the apical part of the larval shell, probably delimits two stages of growth, namely pre-larval (embryonic?) and larval, or, early-larval and late-larval. S. polonicus is the youngest member of the genus, and of the family Trematidae. Five incompletely preserved discinids from the Famennian of Łagów are described as Trematidae gen. et sp. indet.

Key words: Brachiopoda, Discinoidea, systematics, larval shell, Late Devonian, Poland.

Andrzej Baliński [], Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, ul. Twarda 51/55, PL-00-818 Warszawa, Poland. Lars E. Holmer [], Institute of Earth Sciences, Department of Historical Geology & Palaeontology, Norbyvägen 22, S-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden.

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