Additional information on Alainaspis and Boothiaspis cyathaspidids (Agnatha:Heterostraci) from the Upper Silurian of Northwest Territories, Canada

D. K. Elliott, D. L. Dineley

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New material of the poraspid Alainaspis platyrhina Elliott and Dineley has made it possible to provide a more extensive reconstruction of this animal. It is now clear that an elongated branchial opening was present below the lateral lamina and that a well-developed post-branchial lobe was present. No branchial plate has been identified and this may have been fused to the dorsal shield, forming the ventral lamina. The lateral lamina is now seen to terminate in a rounded angle before the posterior margin of the shield. Several ventral shields with similar ornament are identified as belonging to A. platyrhina. These are broad and deep and are consistent with the original interpretation of this animal as a filter feeder. One similar shield with a coarser ornament is tentatively assigned to the closely related species Boothiaspis ovata Broad. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-313
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Paleontology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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  • Palaeontology

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