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A redescription of the trigonotarbid arachnid Pocononia whitei (Ewing 1930)



Jason A. Dunlop
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL, UK


The trigonotarbid arachnid Pocononia whitei (Ewing 1930), is redescribed and referred to the family Eophrynidae as the oldest known eophrynid. It suggests that trigonotarbids had diversified into the recognised Upper Carboniferous families by the Lower Carboniferous.

Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 70, 145-151.

Author's comments:

I was never completly happy with the carapace reconstruction for this species. It's not like that of other eophrynids, but then the carapace of the fossil is quite poor. There are also other Lower Carboniferous trigs emerging from Germany.
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