The Middle Ordovician bathyurid trilobite Pseudoolenoides, with a revised trilobite biostratigraphy of the Dapingian and lower Darriwilian of western Laurentia

Jonathan M. Adrain, Neo E.B. Mcadams, Talia S. Karim

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Abstract

The Middle Ordovician bathyurid trilobite Pseudoolenoides Hintze has been treated in only a small handful of papers and few of its species have been adequately known. Here we revise all previously known species on the basis of new material and illustrations, and describe four new species, three of which are formally named. The genus now comprises 10 species, nine of which are formally named. Five of these are Dapingian and five are early Darriwilian in age. Cladistic parsimony analysis of the nine named species results in a generally well supported hypothesis of relationship which is fully congruent with stratigraphic order. A particularly well supported subclade (11 unreversed synapomorphies and 100% bootstrap support in 10,000 pseudoreplicates) consists of six species, including the type, which are likely a product of neotenic paedomorphosis. Three other species are resolved as successive sister taxa to this derived clade. A new trilobite zonation recently proposed for the Tulean and Blackhillsian stages (Lower Ordovician) is extended through Middle Ordovician (Dapingian and lower Darriwilian) rocks in western Laurentia. New species are P. pogonipensis (Dapingian; Pseudoolenoides dilectus Zone) and P. fossilmountainensis (lower Darriwilian; P. fossilmountainensis Zone), both from the Kanosh Formation of western Utah, and P. oilcreekensis (lower Darriwilian) from the Oil Creek Formation of Oklahoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-97
Number of pages97
JournalZootaxa
Issue number3467
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 2012

Keywords

  • Biostratigraphy
  • Cladistics
  • Oklahoma
  • Paedomorphosis
  • Silicified
  • Taxonomy
  • Utah

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