The functional morphology and palaeoecology of the Dinantian brachiopod Levitusia
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 149–167, July 1982
How to Cite
BRUNTON, C. H. C. (1982), The functional morphology and palaeoecology of the Dinantian brachiopod Levitusia. Lethaia, 15: 149–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1982.tb01987.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
- 7th April, 1981.
- functional morphology;
- Lower Carboniferous
The functional morphology of Levitusia, based principally upon the type-species L. humerosa (J. Sowerby), is described and compared with living brachiopods. It is concluded that Levitusia species lived in tropical Dinantian seas with agitated waters and at shallow depths, perhaps no more than 50 m. The lithologies in which specimens are found support this view and indicate the need for some revision in our interpretations of some Dinantian sedimentary environments. Further evidence for the synonymy of L. christiani (de Koninck) in L. humerosa is presented.