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A new species of the problematic organism Webbyites from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Biota of Morocco; pp. 74–77

Lucy A. Muir, Juan Carlos Gutiérrez-Marco

The problematic colonial organism Webbyites has previously been considered to be a hydroid (phylum Cnidaria). In this paper, we describe a new species, Webbyites felix sp. nov., from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Konservat-Lagerstätte of Morocco. One specimen preserves some soft-tissue zooid remains. The presence of a stolon system in the new species and the type species indicates that Webbyites is a benthic graptolite. Webbyites lacks bithecae; thus, it is not a dendroid graptolite.


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