Temporal range: Middle Cambrian
|Retouched images from Walcott's description of Miskoia, now synonymized with Louisella|
|Stem group:||Priapulida (?)|
Louisella is a genus of priapulid worm known from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale. It was originally described by Charles Walcott in 1911 as a holothurian enchinoderm, and represents a senior synonym of Miskoia, which was originally described as an annelid. 48 specimens of Louisella are known from the Greater Phyllopod bed, where they comprise < 0.1% of the community. It has palaeoscolecid-like sclerites.
- "Louisella pedunculata". Burgess Shale Fossil Gallery. Virtual Museum of Canada. 2011.
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- Walcott, C. D. (1911). "Cambrian Geology and Paleontology II. Middle Cambrian annelids". Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 57 (5): 109–145.
- Caron, Jean-Bernard; Jackson, Donald A. (October 2006). "Taphonomy of the Greater Phyllopod Bed community, Burgess Shale". PALAIOS. 21 (5): 451–65. doi:10.2110/palo.2003.P05-070R. JSTOR 20173022.
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