The fine structure of a camaroid graptolite
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 129–137, April 1991
How to Cite
URBANEK, A. and MIERZEJEWSKI, P. (1991), The fine structure of a camaroid graptolite. Lethaia, 24: 129–137. doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1991.tb01460.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
- received 12th October. 1989: revised typescript accepted 29th October, 1990.
The Tremadoc camaroid graptolite Tubicamara coriacea Kozlowski, isolated from chert nodules, has been studied using the SEM, LM and TEM techniques. The ectocortex is composed of fibrous fabric, being the sole building material of its uppermost and lowermost portions, as well as blocks of characteristic homogeneous material. The latter abounds in the middle portion, where it produces a few layers separated by the fibrous tissue. The preservational corrosion of the upper portion is responsible for the exposure of these blocks seen on the eroded surfaces in the form of characteristic protuberances and tubercles. Such a rough and seemingly sculptured surface is thus secondary, resulting from partial periderm destruction. The origin of condensations of homogeneous material within the cortical tissue is discussed in comparison with earlier findings and a description of other ultrastructural features of the studied camaroid is given. □Graptolithina, Camaroidea, chert nodules, Tremadoc, ultrastructure.