Aptian (lower cretaceous) rudist bivalves from NE Spain: Taxonomic problems and preliminary results

Nikolaus Malchus

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    Abstract

    The rudist species Toucasia carinata (MATHERON, 1842), Pseudotoucasia santanderensis (DOUVILLÉ, 1889), P. catalaunica ASTRE, 1932 (Requieniidae), Horiopleura baylei (COQUAND, 1865), Polyconites verneuili (BAYLE, in de Verneuil et al. 1860) ("Caprotinidae"), and Caprina parvula (DOUVILLÉ & O'GORMAN, 1933) (Caprinidae) from the Aptian of NE Spain are described. Taxonomical important sections are illustrated and taxonomical problems are discussed. The study reveals that we still know very little about the ontogenetic character variation within closely related species and genera. This can hamper straightforward determinations and phylogenetic interpretations. Implicitly, it can also curtail the value of these taxa for biostratigraphical and palaeobiogeographical purposes, improvements in these fields will be largely connected to intensified basic taxonomic work, that is, to the study and illustration of morphological variations within these groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)181-191
    JournalGeobios
    Volume31
    Issue numberSUPPL. 1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

    Keywords

    • Aptian
    • Bivalves
    • Character variation
    • NE Spain
    • Rudists
    • Taxonomy

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