The ultrastructure of the Crustoidea and the evolution of graptolite skeletal tissues
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 73–91, January 1984
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URBANEK, A. and MIERZEJEWSKI, P. (1984), The ultrastructure of the Crustoidea and the evolution of graptolite skeletal tissues. Lethaia, 17: 73–91. doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1984.tb00669.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
The Crustoidea are important in discussions of graptolite origins, because they represent a morphoecological type intermediate between the Rhabdopleurida and the Dendroidea. TEM and SEM studies of their rhabdosomes provide new data on the structural variation displayed by the graptolite periderm. Since the crustoid fusellar fabric does not differ markedly from the fuseller fabric of other graptolites and is dissimilar to that of pterobranchs, it is supposed that the fundamental graptolite fibril pattern was attained at the crustoid stage of graptolite evolution. The crustoid cortex is made of paracortex (the multiple deposition of sheets separated by an intersheet material in the form of condensed meshwork of fibrous material) and of pseudocortex (the accumulation of sheets and intersheet material devoid of fibrous character). The presence of sporadically genuine cortex is noted. Presumably the mechanisms of cortical fibrilogenesis were attained at the crustoid stage, but only in an incipient and incomplete form. Modes of periderm corticization arc discussed. Sheets, common elements in secondary deposits of pterobranchs and graptolites, arc compared, but some problems still remain unclear. ?Crustoidea, Pterobranchia, phytogeny, ultrastructure, cortex, morphogenesis, homology.