Abstract

An unusual, lichenoporid-like bryozoan colony from Mid-Silurian strata on Gotland is described as a new cystoporate, Inconobotopora lichenoporoides new genus and species; a poorly known form from the same area and approximate horizon is reclassified as Inconobotopora silurica (Hennig, 1906). Similarities in overall morphology, particularly flagged by the distinctive radialdisk construction, combine with geochronologic sequence to suggest the possibility of an evolutionary lineage from Ordovician Constellaria, through Silurian Inconobotopora, to Devonian Botryllopora, and perhaps even on to Cretaceous-Cenozoic-Recent Lichenopora (although this last extension is extremely difficult to demonstrate in the present state of knowledge).

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