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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMicroconchus Phillips in Murchison, 1839 † 
AphiaID: 394402

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnnelida (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPolychaeta (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPolychaeta fossils incertae sedis † (Subclass)
Status nomen dubium (Non polychaete fossil)
Rank Genus
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPolychaeta fossils incertae sedis †
status source Zaton, Michal; Vinn, Olev. 2011. Microconchids [Fossils explained 62]. Geology Today 27(6): 236-239, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2451.2011.00816.x [details]

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Fossil range fossil only
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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorClassification Not valid as Annelida: Polychaeta, and belongs elsewhere. Morphological similarity to the Spirorbinae is suggested to be a result of evolutionary convergence. Representative of fossil order Microconchida Weedon, 1991, currently thought to belong to the lophophorates along with bryozoa and phoronids. "Only six microconchid genera have so far been established: Annuliconchus (Silurian), Palaeoconchus (Late Ordovician-Devonian), Polonoconchus (Middle Devonian), Microconchus (Devonian-Triassic), Helicoconchus (Early Permian) and Punctaconchus (Jurassic) ..." [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEditor's comment An early spirorbiform "spirorbid" from the Paleozoic, and thus suspect as spirorbid, see Weedon (1994) [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:394402
Edit history
Date   action   by
2009-05-03 08:04:20Z  created  ten Hove, Harry
2012-06-11 22:57:47Z  changed  Read, Geoffrey
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  Citation: Read, G.; ten Hove, H. (2014). Microconchus Phillips in Murchison, 1839. In: Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2014) World Polychaeta database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=394402 on 2014-04-18
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