Rhynchonellida


Rhynchonellida

Taxobox


image_width = 240px
image_caption = "Hiscobeccus capax"
name = Rhynchonellida
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Brachiopoda
classis = Rhynchonellata
ordo = Rhynchonellida
ordo_authority = Kuhn, 1949
subdivision_ranks = Superfamilies
subdivision =
Pugnacoidea
Dimerelloidea
Norelloidea
Hemithiridoidea
Ancistrorhynchoidea
Rhynchotrematoidea
Uncinuloidea
Camarotoechioidea
Rhynchotetradoidea
Lambdarinoidea
Wellerelloidea
Rhynchoporoidea
Stenoscismatoidea† See text for genera.
The taxonomic order Rhynchonellida is one of the two main groups of living articulate brachiopods, the other being the order Terebratulida. They are recognized by their strongly ribbed wedge-shaped or nut-like shells, and the very short hinge line.

The hinges come to a point, a superficial resemblance to most (phylogenetically unrelated) bivalve mollusk shells. The loss of the hinge line was an important evolutionary innovation, rhynchonellids being the first truly non-strophic shells with a purely internal articulation (teeth-sockets).

Rhynchonellids lack any brachidium, and are therefore able to extrude their lophophore out from the shell into the water for more efficient food-gathering. It has been suggested this is why they survived the Devonian, Permian-Triassic, and Jurassic extinctions, while many other lampshells with a brachidium failed to do so.

Strong radiating ribs are common in this group; and there are generally very strong plications or accordion-like folds on the sulcus (the long middle section) of the shell. This probably helps regulate the flow of water in and out of the shell. All rhynchonellids are biconvex (have a bulbous shell), and have a fold located in the brachial valve. This means that the commissure, the line between the two valves or shells, is zigzagged, a distinguishing characteristic of this group. The prominent beak of the pedicle valve usually overlaps that of the brachial valve, in order to allow the shell to open and close. There is usually a functional pedicle although the delthyrium may be partially closed.

Morphologically, the rhynchonellid has changed little since its appearance during the Ordovician period. It seems to have evolved from pentamerids, and in turn gave rise to the first atrypids and athyrids, both of which are characterized by the development of a complex spiral brachidium. Although much diminished by the terminal Paleozoic extinction, it experienced a revival during the Early Jurassic period, and became the most abundant of all brachiopods during the Mesozoic Era.

Classification

This classification down to the level of genera is based on Kazlevcite web | author = M. Alan Kazlev | accessdate = March 10 | accessyear = 2006 | url = http://www.palaeos.com/Invertebrates/Lophotrochozoa/Brachiopoda/Rhynchonellida.htm | title = Order Rhynchonellida] and Emig [cite web | author = Christian C. Emig | title = Systematics of extant brachiopod taxa | url = http://paleopolis.rediris.es/BrachNet/CLASS/DOC/Classext.pdf | accessdate = March 10 | accessyear = 2006] .

Extant subgroups
* Superfamily Pugnacoidea
** Family Basiliolidae
*** Subfamily Acanthobasiliolinae
**** "Acanthobasiliola"
*** Subfamily Basiliolinae
**** "Basiliola"
**** "Basiliolella"
**** "Eohemithiris"
**** "Rhytirhynchia"
*** Subfamily Uncertain
**** "Striarina"
* Superfamily Dimerelloidea
** Family Cryptoporidae
**** "Aulites"
**** "Cryptopora"
* Superfamily Norelloidea
** Family Frieleiidae
*** Subfamily Freileiinae
**** "Frieleia"
**** "Compsothyris"
**** "Grammetaria"
**** "Sphenarina"
*** Subfamily Hispanirhynchiinae
**** "Abyssorhynchia"
**** "Hispanirhynchia"
**** "Manithyris"
**** "Parasphenarina"
*** Subfamily Neorhynchiinae
**** "Neorhynchia"
** Family Tethyrhynchiidae
**** "Tethyrhynchia"
* Superfamily Hemithiridoidea
** Family Hemithyrididae
**** "Hemithiris"
**** "Pemphixina"
** Family Notosariidae
**** "Notosaria"

Extinct Subgroups
* Superfamily Ancistrorhynchoidea
* Superfamily Rhynchotrematoidea
* Superfamily Uncinuloidea
* Superfamily Camarotoechioidea
* Superfamily Rhynchotetradoidea
* Superfamily Lambdarinoidea
* Superfamily Wellerelloidea
* Superfamily Rhynchoporoidea
* Superfamily Stenoscismatoidea

References

Text taken from Kazlev with permission.

External links

* [http://www.geo.arizona.edu/geo3xx/geo308_fall2002/4brachiopds.htm Phylum Brachiopoda]
* [http://www.earth.rochester.edu/ees207/Brachiopoda/hardman_brach3.html Brachiopoda - Classification]


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