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Article: A new Changhsingian (Lopingian) brachiopod fauna of the shallow-water clastic shelf facies from Fujian Province, south-eastern China

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 7 Issue 1 - Cover
Publication: Papers in Palaeontology
Volume: 7
Part: 2
Publication Date: May 2021
Page(s): 861 884
Author(s): Huiting Wu, Yang Zhang, Thomas L. Stubbs, Jingqi Liu, and Yuanlin Sun
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1318
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WU, H., ZHANG, Y., STUBBS, T.L., LIU, J., SUN, Y. 2021. . Papers in Palaeontology, 7, 2, 861-884. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1318

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  • Huiting Wu - College of Geoscience & Surveying Engineering China University of Mining & Technology Beijing China
  • Huiting Wu - School of Earth & Space Sciences Peking University Beijing China
  • Yang Zhang - School of Earth Sciences & Resources China University of Geosciences Beijing China
  • Thomas L. Stubbs - School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol Bristol UK
  • Jingqi Liu - School of Earth Sciences & Resources China University of Geosciences Beijing China
  • Yuanlin Sun - School of Earth & Space Sciences Peking University Beijing China

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    Although much attention has been paid to Changhsingian brachiopods in South China, there are only two Chinese studies, published in 1979 and 1990, on Changhsingian brachiopods from the south-eastern part of South China. Based on systematically collected fossil material, this paper describes and quantitatively analyses a Changhsingian brachiopod fauna from the Luokeng Formation at the Hongtian section, Fujian Province, south-eastern China, for the first time. Of the brachiopods (30 species in 19 genera) described and illustrated, Cathaysia yongdingensis Liao and an endemic genus of South China (Qinglongia) are reported in English for the first time. Two new species, Neochonetes (Sommeriella) longa and Neochonetes (Sommeriella) transversa, are also proposed. The Hongtian fauna is mainly composed of Cathaysia (29.4%), Neochonetes (19.3%), Linoproductus (13.5%), and Orthothetina (11.7%), and is correlated with the brachiopod fauna from the lower part of the Luokeng Formation in Fujian Province. Based on new and previously published quantitative data, we suggest that the CathaysiaNeochonetesOrthothetina Assemblage should represent the early Changhsingian brachiopod fauna in the shallow-water clastic shelf of Fujian Province. After comparing this fauna with contemporaneous brachiopod fauna from the shallow-water clastic shelf in the Yangtze area, we find that Neochonetes is a common genus in both areas, but that Fusichonetes is predominant in the Yangtze, while CathaysiaOrthothetina are the additional main genera in south-western China.

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