• Buoyancy regulation;
  • Nautiloidea;
  • Ordovician;
  • palaepathology

The nautiloid Trocholites depressus (Eichwald, 1840) from the Lasnamägi regional stage (Darrivillian, Middle Ordovician) of Vaike Pakri Island (North-West Estonia) is the only known ectocochleate cephalopod that survived and healed a perforation of the phragmocone. Two chambers of the specimen were broken during its lifetime. The injury is located on the venter of the conch directly above the peristomal opening of the body chamber. It is reconstructed that the peristomal mantle tissue carried out an initial sealing of the injured chambers. The complete calcified sealing and compensation of the irregular shell surface started late with the overgrowth of the septa of the preceding whorl. The position and diameter of the siphuncle were not disturbed by the regeneration showing that these characters allowed a low phenotypic variability. Despite the trauma in the midlife growth history of this specimen, it appears to have reached maturity.