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Temporal range: Chengjiang
Cheungkongella ancestralis.jpg
Artist's reconstruction
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Tunicata
Class: Ascidiacea
Genus: Cheungkongella
Shu et al. 2001
Binomial name
Cheungkongella ancestralis

Cheungkongella ancestralis is a tunicate-like organism from the Lower Cambrian Haikou Chengjiang deposits of China.[1] It was originally described as a tunicate, though, this identification has been questioned, especially with the discovery of another Chengjiang tunicate, Shankouclava. This challenge to Cheungkongella being a tunicate has led some experts to reassess it as a cambroernid related to Eldonia, Herpetogaster, and most closely to Phlogites, to which it has been subjectively synonymized as.


  1. ^ Shu, X. L.; Chen, D. G.; Han, X. -L.; Zhang, X. -L. (24 May 2001). "An Early Cambrian tunicate from China". Nature 411 (6836): 472–473. doi:10.1038/35078069. PMID 11373678.