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1 January 2005 MIDDLE TRIASSIC PTERIOMORPHIAN BIVALVIA (MOLLUSCA) FROM THE NEW PASS RANGE, WEST-CENTRAL NEVADA: SYSTEMATICS, BIOSTRATIGRAPHY, PALEOECOLOGY, AND PALEOBIOGEOGRAPHY
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The parautochthonous Anisian and Ladinian rocks of the New Pass Range previously referred to as the Augusta Mountain Formation have a unique, endemic assemblage of pteriomorphian bivalves with Triassic Northern Hemisphere biogeographic relationships, especially to the Carnian cratonal faunas of northeastern British Columbia as well as to Ladinian faunas of the Shoshone Mountains and the Gillis Range. A new suborder Prospondyloidina is described, as well as three new genera, Promysidiella, Loxochlamys, and Nevadapecten, a new subgenus, Gervillaria (Baryvellia), and 17 new species either named or referred to by letters: Promysidiella planirecta, P. desatoyensis, Bositra favretensis, Enteropleura species a, Gervillaria (Baryvellia) ponderosa, Atrina sinuata, Antiquilima ladinica, Palaeolima newpassensis, Plagiostoma acutum, Leptochondria shoshonensis, Asoella? species a, b, and c, Oxytoma (Oxytoma) grantsvillensis, Pleuronectites newelli, Loxochlamys corallina, and Nevadapecten lynnae. Promysidiella aff. otiosa is a new combination for Mytilus otiosus McLearn; Mysidiella newtonae n. sp., Norian, Wallowa terrane, is based on Krumbeckiella cf. timorensis (Krumbeck) of Newton, 1987. Triassic “Posidonia” is placed in Bositra de Gregorio, 1886, regarded as a senior synonym of Peribositria Kurushin and Trushchelev, 1989. The morphological and stratigraphic sequence Bositra-Enteropleura-Daonella-Aparimella-Halobia is rooted in Paleozoic Caneyella and Posidonia and indicates declining dependence on and eventual loss of byssal attachment as well as a possible shift from low to high dispersal ability (between Bositra and Enteropleura). There is no evidence for trans-Panthalassan dispersal of bivalves in low latitudes within the interval of Ladinian coral beds. So-called Tethyan and Muschelkalk species are endemics in slowly evolving genera or are phylogenetically convergent on west Tethyan species.

THOMAS R. WALLER and GEORGE D. STANLEY Jr. "MIDDLE TRIASSIC PTERIOMORPHIAN BIVALVIA (MOLLUSCA) FROM THE NEW PASS RANGE, WEST-CENTRAL NEVADA: SYSTEMATICS, BIOSTRATIGRAPHY, PALEOECOLOGY, AND PALEOBIOGEOGRAPHY," Journal of Paleontology 79(sp61), 1-58, (1 January 2005). https://doi.org/10.1666/0022-3360(2005)79[1:MTPBMF]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 September 2004; Published: 1 January 2005
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