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Phyllocarid From The Pittsford Shale

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mikeymig

A very rare Phyllocarid from the Pittsford shale. You can see other Silurian arthropods (Ostracods) scattered on both halves of the Phyllocarid.

How good are you with Phyllocarids? I collect Devonian Phyllocarids from New York but this is my first Silurian Phyllocarid. All the research I have done tells me that this is likely Ceratiocaris but I want to be sure. Please chime in.

mikey

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Malcolmt

I gave Pleecan a couple of silurian phylocarid ceratiocaris sp carapaces the other day, perhaps he can snap a quick picture and post . These look quite differrent, when I first saw them I thought they look like some of the Silurian cephalopod material we get in the eurypterid quarry. The phylocarid we seem to find most frequently is ceratiocaris acuminata

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mikeymig

Pleecan has seen this piece on my facebook page and the only thing he has said is that he likes it. ^_^ Its difinitely a Phyllocarid with both halves of the carapace but im not sure what species. The Pittsford shale has a very unique fauna and most collections are missing complete specimens if they have one at all. I know a few guys who love Phyllocarids and if no one here can help I will contact them cuz it bugs me not knowing what to call something. :angry:

mikey

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pleecan

Hi Mikey: They do look like phyllocarid but I am not sure on the species. You might want to Ask Sam Ciurca or John A Spina jr.

ceratiocaris acuminata is a good candidate.... as Malcolm has pointed out.

Malcolm: have not had a chance to image the pair of phyllocarid carapace... did have a good look and believe they are only outlines....

PL

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mikeymig

I know Sam (we live in the same town) and if I ask him or show him this specimen he will want me to give it to him. Maybe I will ask him later but I wanted the members of FF to see it first. I have a great Devonian Phyllocarid collection and this specimen will look great in the display once it has it's name.

Mikey

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pleecan

I know Sam (we live in the same town) and if I ask him or show him this specimen he will want me to give it to him. Maybe I will ask him later but I wanted the members of FF to see it first. I have a great Devonian Phyllocarid collection and this specimen will look great in the display once it has it's name.

Mikey

You always can say no to Sam :P if he asks you to donate the specimen. I politely said no to him when he asked me to donate my eurypterids to Yale Peabody Museum... they are going to be eventually heading to the ROM instead :D .

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pleecan

Mikey: You can also ask Dr Dave Rudkin at the ROM who is an arthropod expert.

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mikeymig

Thanks for the info Peter! I contacted him so let's see what he has to say. In the past when I was building my Devonian Phyllocarid collection I ran into many snags trying to proper ID certain specimens. I have a very good reference library but the information they have on Phyllocarids is limited or completely lacking. Even the Internet hasn't helped much, in fact, if you google image the word Phyllocarid, you will see many of my specimens.:)

Mikey

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pleecan

You are welcome Mikey! Keep us posted.

PL

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mikeymig

It didn’t feel right posting a photo of this specimen with a name that I am not comfortable with. I prepped the animal and now at four inches long you can see the entire carapace. It’s defiantly a rare Phyllocarid but more work has to be done to find out if this species has been described.

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triarthrus

No clue on the Pittsford material. That's rare stuff. Here's a plate of Phylocarids out of the Bertie from a few years back.

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mikeymig

Thats so cool Markus, they look like horseshoe crabs. Do you know the species and was that found at Langs?

mikey

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Auspex

...Here's a plate of Phylocarids out of the Bertie from a few years back.

Wow! Referable to Canadaspis?

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