Sunday, February 21, 2016

Inarticulate brachiopods from the Bois d'Arc formartion

The Bois d'Arc formation has some inarticulate brachiopods that can be found but they are often fragile and weather away quickly. I was fortunate enough to find two examples of varying preservation. I can't locate any literature that describes species that could be found and it appears that the inarticulate brachiopods were ignored by Amsden when he initially described the brachiopod fauna from the Lower Devonian of Oklahoma.

The first is a Lingula type specimen. I am not sure if the shell is warped or fractured as it appears the remaining shell material forms a halo of sorts around some matrix which has additional shell on it.

The other specimen appears to be similar to an Orbiculoidea type inarticulate brachiopod but there is precious little preserved to help identify it.

I found the specimens shown on this page in the Bois d'Arc formation (Cravatt Member) near Clarita, OK which is Devonian in age (Lockhovian stage). The Bois d'Arc overlies the Haragan formation but both are the same age (Devonian, Lockhovian stage). They are both roughly correlative to the Helderberg fauna of New York and thus are contemporaneous with the Coyemans, Kalkberg and New Scotland formations.

"Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Hunton Group in the Arbuckle Mountain Region, Part V - Bois d'Arc Articulate Brachiopods " Amsden, 1958, Oklahoma Geological Survey Bulletin 82

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