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An example of the graptolite Monograptus turriculatus (Barrande, 1850) from the crispus Biozone (Silurian, Llandovery) of the Girvan district, Scotland, shows the first recorded instance of dissepiment formation in graptoloid graptolites. The dissepiments are formed by the fusion of thecal spines with the dorsal wall of the adjacent part of the succeeding whorl of this spiral graptolite. The formation of these structures appears easiest to envisage using models of the graptolite colony that do not involve extrathecal tissue. □Graptolithina, Monograptus, morphology, functional morphology, Silurian, Llandovery.