The analysis of two-stiped dichograptids, largely of baltograptid and expansograptid taxa of the family Didymograptidae from the Floian of northwestern Argentina, provides insight into the evolutionary relationships of this group. The important proximal end characters clearly cluster the baltograptids with the derived genera Didymograptus and Aulograptus. One of the analyses provides the information that the genera Cymatograptus and Expansograptus share a common ancestor but are not closely related to the two-stiped Kiaerograptus and related taxa. Likewise, with the exception of some controversial taxa, the families Tetragraptidae and Didymograptidae can be readily differentiated, supporting previous interpretations that they represent monophyletic clades. Although the present analyses are poorly supported, they provide hypotheses that could be further tested based on new data on isolated dichograptid taxa based on isolated or relief-preserved material.
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Vol. 52 • No. 5