Discinidae

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Discinidae
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Lophophorata
Phylum: Brachiopoda
Order: Discinida
Superfamily: Discinoidea
Family: Discinidae
Genera

Discina
Discinisca
Discradisca
Pelagodiscus

Discinidae is a family in the brachiopod superfamily Discinoidea. Unlike most brachiopods, which have uniformly calcitic or phosphatic shells, modern-day discinids incorporate tablets of silica into their valves. These are covered with vesicles into which the siliceous tablets are cemented, much like a closely packed mosaic, and held together with apatite. These vesicles eventually degrade, but nevertheless still leave an imprint on the shell itself. It has been suggested that this siliceous biomineralisation might also have occurred amongst some of the earliest Paleozoic brachiopods because similar patterns of shell imprints have been observed amongst them too.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, A; Cusack, M; Buckman, J. O.; Stachel, T (1998). "Siliceous tablets in the larval shells of apatitic discinid brachiopods". Science. 279 (5359): 2094–6. JSTOR 2896270. PMID 9516107.

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