Monday, July 6, 2020

Some Prionitids Lumped

With a few very narrowly defined species, The Prionitidae is a family of very closely related ammonoids.  However most collections, especially from the western US, always contained "Prionitid" or "Prionitid indet.", Prionitids with bullae or ribs, maybe nodes or tubercles, that just didn't fit with any of the other described genera or species.  With new collections from the Smithian (Early Triassic) Sinbad Formation around the Utah/Arizona border, we were able to synonymize all these with ammonoids described in 1929 by Asa Mathews.  By priority, Gurleyites smithi Mathews 1929 replaces Arctoprionites resseri (Mathews 1929).  With a very wide range of intraspecific variation, the new taxon will fit just about anything that doesn't fit in one of the other defined taxa.

See our new paper here.

New middle and late Smithian ammonoid faunas from the Utah/Arizona border: New evidence for calibrating Early Triassic transgressive-regressive trends and paleobiogeographical signals in the western USA basin