Leperditiidae

Left lateral view of Paramoelleritia wangchengyuani, from Wang & Lundin (2004).


Belongs within: Ostracoda.

The Leperditiidae are a group of large ostracods (sometimes up to 8 cm in length) with thickly calcified shells known from the Ordovician to the Devonian. They are particularly well represented in the fossil record as moults from multiple instars may potentially be preserved (Benson et al. 1961).

Characters (from Benson et al. 1961): Large, thick-walled; cardinal angles well defined; greatest height medial to posterior; dorsal margin straight, valves strongly unequal, surface smooth to slightly ornamented; adductor muscle scar large, composed of numerous secondary scars; anterodorsal eye tubercle usually present.

<==Leperditiidae [Hermannininae, Leperditiadae, Leperditidae]
    |--Herrmannininae M61
    |    |--Eoleperditia Swartz 1949 M61, BB61
    |    |    `--*E. fabulites (Conrad 1843) [=Cytherina fabulites] BB61
    |    |--Anisochilina Teichert 1937 M61, BB61
    |    |    `--*A. punctulifera Teichert 1937 BB61
    |    |--Moelleritia Abushik in Mandelstam et al. 1958 M61, BB61
    |    |    |--*M. moelleri (Schmidt 1883) [=Leperditia moelleri] BB61
    |    |    `--M. canadensis N79
    |    `--Hermannina Kegel 1933 [=Hermannella Paeckelmann 1922 non Canu 1891; incl. Chevroleperditia Swartz 1949] BB61
    |         |--*H. waldschmidti (Paeckelmann 1922) [=*Herrmannella waldschmidti] BB61
    |         |--H. fameniana Schevtsov 1971 WSB93
    |         `--H. welleri BB61
    `--Leperditiinae M61
         |--Briartina Kegel 1932 M61, BB61
         |    `--*B. quenstedti (G├╝mbel 1874) [=Leperditia quenstedti] BB61
         |--Kiaeria Glebowskaja 1949 non Hagen 1915 (ICBN) M61
         |    `--*K. kiaeri (Glebowskaja 1949) [=Leperditia kiaeri] M61
         |--Heterochilina Poulsen 1937 M61, BB61
         |    `--*H. obliqua Poulsen 1937 BB61
         |--Schrenckia Glebovskaia 1949 M61, BB61
         |    |--*S. grandis (Schrenck 1852) [=Leperditia grandis] BB61
         |    `--S. multa BB61
         |--Sibiritia Abushik in Mandelstam et al. 1958 M61, BB61
         |    |--*S. wiluiensis (Schmidt 1873) [=Leperditia wiluiensis] BB61
         |    `--S. ventriangularis BB61
         `--Leperditia Rouault 1851 BB61
              |--*L. brittanica Rouault 1851 BB61
              |--L. bivia White 1874 W77
              |--L. canadensis W77
              |--L. prominensis Chapman 1920 F71
              `--L. scalaris BB61

Leperditiidae incertae sedis:
  Gibberella Abushik in Mandelstam et al. 1958 non Saccardo 1877 (ICBN) BB61
    |--*G. chmielewski (Schmidt 1900) [=Leperditia chmielewski] BB61
    |--G. jejuna BB61
    `--G. lenaica BB61
  Pteroleperditia Hamada 1959 LH61
    `--*P. ehlersi (Kesling 1958) [=Herrmannina ehlersi] LH61
  Sinoleperditiini WL04
    |--Sinoleperditia Wang 1989 (Sinoleperditia) WL04
    |    |--S. (S.) guangxiensis Wang 1989 [incl. *S. yulinensis Wang 1994] WL04
    |    |--S. (S.) miaohuangensis (Sun 1978) (see below for synonymy) WL04
    |    `--S. (S.) shanglunensis Wang & Lundin 2004 WL04
    `--Paramoelleritia Wang 1976 WL04
         |--*P. (Paramoelleritia) xiangzhouensis Wang 1976 WL04
         `--P. (Paraleperditia Sun 1978) WL04
              |--*P. (P.) zhongguoensis Sun 1978 WL04
              `--P. (P.) wangchengyuani Wang & Lundin 2004 WL04
  Foleperditia ambigua Berdan 1976 WSB93

Sinoleperditia (Sinoleperditia) miaohuangensis (Sun 1978) [=Leperditia miaohuangensis, Paramoelleritia (Paraleperditia) miaohuanghensis] WL04

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[BB61] Benson, R. H., J. M. Berdan, W. A. van den Bold, T. Hanai, I. Hessland, H. V. Howe, R. V. Kesling, S. A. Levinson, R. A. Reyment, R. C. Moore, H. W. Scott, R. H. Shaver, I. G. Sohn, L. E. Stover, F. M. Swain & P. C. Sylvester-Bradley. 1961. Systematic descriptions. In: Moore, R. C. (ed.) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt Q. Arthropoda 3: Crustacea: Ostracoda pp. Q99–Q421. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.

[F71] Fletcher, H. O. 1971. Catalogue of type specimens of fossils in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Australian Museum Memoir 13: 1–167.

[LH61] Levinson, S. A., & H. V. Howe. 1961. Addendum. In: Moore, R. C. (ed.) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt Q. Arthropoda 3: Crustacea: Ostracoda pp. Q421–Q422. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.

[M61] Moore, R. C. 1961. Supplement—USSR treatise on Ostracoda. In: Moore, R. C. (ed.) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt Q. Arthropoda 3: Crustacea: Ostracoda pp. Q422–Q429. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.

[N79] Norris, A. W. 1979. Devonian in the Western Hemisphere. In: Robison, R. A., & C. Teichert (eds) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt A. Introduction. Fossilisation (Taphonomy), Biogeography and Biostratigraphy pp. A218–A253. The Geological Society of America, Inc.: Boulder (Colorado), and The University of Kansas: Lawrence (Kansas).

[WL04] Wang S.-Q. & R. F. Lundin. 2004. Sinoleperditiini (Ostracoda) from the Lower Emsian Shanglun Formation at the Shanglun village, central Guangxi, China. Journal of Paleontology 78 (2): 349–358.

[WSB93] Whatley, R. C., D. J. Siveter & I. D. Boomer. 1993. Arthropoda (Crustacea: Ostracoda). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 343–356. Chapman & Hall: London.

[W77] White, C. A. 1877. Report upon the invertebrate fossils collected in portions of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, by parties of the expeditions of 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874. U.S. Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian 4 (1): 1–219, pls 1–21.

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