last revised 21 April 2008 by S. M. Gon III
Introduction: typically small trilobites, separated from
in Fortey & Owens 1975; one of Fortey's (1990)
"Libriostomate" orders (with natant hypostome or
derived therefrom); exoskeleton sometimes with pits or small
last of the trilobites was of this order (Phillipsiinae).
Cephalon: opisthoparian sutures, glabella tapering or
inverse pyriform, mostly suboval, with 3-4 pairs of lateral
furrows, sometimes indistinct (e.g., Proetinae), or glabella
long, expanding forward to anterior border furrow or beyond,
with lateral preoccipital lobes present (e.g., Phillipsiinae);
eyes, when present, typically holochroal, convex; fixigenae
narrow, librigenae broad (except in blind species); hypostoma
typically natant, but secondarily conterminent in advanced
Proetidae; genal angle spined or blunt rounded.
Tropidocoryphidae: Alberticoryphe, Astycoryphe, Bojocoryphe, Buchiproetus, Centriproetus, Cornuproetus, Cyrtosymboloides, Dalarnepeltis, Dalejeproetus, Decoroproetus (=Ogmocnemis; =Proetidella; =Warburgaspis), Denemarkia, Diademaproetus, Dipharangus, Eopiriproetus. Erbenicoryphe, Eremiproetus (=Natatoraspis; =Dufresnoyiproetus), Gracilocoryphe, Gruetia, Guilinaspis, Hollardia, Ignoproetus, Interproetus, Koneprusites, Krohbole, Lardeuxia, Laticoryphe, Lepidoproetus, Linguaproetus, Lodenicia, Longicoryphe, Macroblepharum, Miriproetus, Nagaproetus, Paraeremiproetus, Paralardeuxia, Paralepidoproetus, Parvigena, Perakaspis, Phaetonellus, Phaseolops, Piriproetoides, Piriproetus, Pribylia, Prionopeltis (/Phaetonides/Phaeton), Prodrevermannia, Proetina, Proetopeltis, Pterocoryphe, Pteroparia, Quadratoproetus, Rabuloproetus, Ranunculoproetus, Remacutanger, Richteraspis, Rokycanocoryphe, Sculptoproetus, Slimanella, Spinoproetus, Stenoblepharum (=Viruanaspis), Tafilaltaspis, Tropicoryphe, Tropidocoryphe, Vicinoproetus (/Vicinopeltis), Voigtaspis, Wolayella, Xiphogonium (=Trautensteinproetus), Zetaproetus.
Cephalon: semicircular or semielliptical, with border
and (typically wide) preglabellar field present; glabella
typically short; eyes variable, with or without defined eye
ridges, genal spines present; hypostome natant (primitive
condition); exoskeleton pitted, or with small tubercles.
Brachymetopidae: Acutimetopus, Asiagena, Australosutra, Brachymetopella, Brachymetopus (=Brachymetopina; =Iriania), Cheiropyge (=Suturikephalion), Conimetopus, Cordania, Eometopus, Loeipyge, Mystrocephala, Proetidea, Radnoria, Spinimetopus.
Rorringtoniidae: Cyamella (/Cyamops; =Paracyamella), Hanjiangaspis, Isbergia, Madygenia (=Pseudobirmanites), Protarchaeogonus, Rorringtonia (=Analocaspis; =Chenaspis; =Trigonoproetus), Solariproetus.
Cephalon: convex, with distinct border of varying width,
sutures; glabella well defined, subparallel or gently
expanding/tapering forward, with 3 or fewer lateral furrows,
sometimes faint or absent; eyes medium to large, placed opposite
or behind center of glabella; hypostoma
typically natant, but secondarily conterminent in advanced
spines typically present, sometimes broad.
Dimeropygidae (incl. Celmidae): Celmus (=Crotalurus; =Ischyrophyma), Dimeropyge (/Haploconus), Dimeropygiella, Glaphurella, Ischyrotoma, Pseudohystricurus.
Holotrachelidae: Holotrachelus, Kinderlania.
Hystricuridae: Amblycranium, Etheridgaspis, Flectihystricurus, Genalaticurus, Glabretina, Guizhouhystricurus, Hillyardina (=Metabowmania), Hintzecurus, ?Holubaspis (/Holubia), Hyperbolochilus, Hystricurus (=Vermilionites), Ibexicurus, Lavadamia, Nyaya, Omuliovia, Pachycranium, Paenebeltella, Parahystricurus, Paraplethopeltis, Politicurus, Psalikilopsis, Psalikilus, Rollia, Rossicurus, Tanybregma, ?Taoyuania (=Batyraspis), Tasmanaspis, Tersella.
Raymondinidae (incl. Glaphuridae): Glaphurina, Glaphurus, Raymondina (=Raymondia), Tagazella, Varanella.
Telephinidae: Carolinites (=Dimastocephalus; =Keidelia; =Tafnaspis), Fialoides, Goniophrys, Oopsites, Opipeuterella (=Ompheter; =Opipeuter), Paraphorocephala, Phorocephala (=Carrickia), ?Pyraustocranium, Telephina (=Telephus), Telephops.
Toernquistiidae: Chomatopyge, Mesotaphraspis, Toernquistia (=Paratoernquistia), ?Toernquistina.
|ADDITIONAL NOTES ON THE CLASSIFICATION OF
The concept of the Order Proetida, which includes all of the stratigraphically youngest trilobites, is based on an ontogenetic character: protaspides with "adult-like" glabellae (e.g., elliptical or tapering in form, with a discernable preglabellar field)(Fortey & Owens 1975). The order is derived from the lower Ordovician Hystricurinae, once considered a ptychoparioid subfamily of mostly Laurentian species. Today, the family Hystricuridae is recognized by most workers, as closely related to the Dimeropygidae (in the Bathyuroidea). The family Proetidae can not be readily derived from that ancestor, suggesting another sister group among the late Cambrian ptychoparioids may be responsible. The unity of the Proetida depends on the "adult-like" glabella pattern of development evolving only once (Fortey 2001). The Proetoidea are distinctive and not easily linked to the other Proetida superfamilies.
Additional details on the distinctive protaspid characters of proetoidea are provided by Lerosey-Aubril and Feist (2005), who advance the following:
The status of the order Proetida (Fortey and Owens 1975) was questioned by Bergström (1977) who pointed out that many characters used for the proposed order Proetida were plesiomorphic. Consequently Fortey (1990) reduced the number of characters diagnostic of this order. More recently some doubts have emerged concerning the relationships of the different superfamilies of the Proetida. Although close phyletic relationships between the Aulacopleuroidea and Bathyuroidea are supported, the superfamily Proetoidea is more problematic.
Evidence from new silicified materials emphasises that the early ontogeny of Proetoidea is unique among the Proetida. This particular ontogeny is characterized by bubble-shaped and almost smooth anaprotaspides bearing three pairs of marginal spines, associated with a particularly broad ovoid hypostome provided with at least one prominent postero-medial spine, and followed by a maximum of two almost smooth adult-like metaprotaspid stages. Following several authors (Chatterton et al., 1999; Fortey 2001; Adrain, pers. com., 2003), it was recently proposed that proetoid trilobites should be separated from the other superfamilies belonging to the order Proetida (Lerosey-Aubril and Feist 2005). Proetoid trilobites appear to possess a unique early ontogeny that is conservative through time; all proetoid protaspides known from Ordovician to Early Carboniferous times display the same characteristic features as mentioned above.
Globular anaprotaspides occur in the ontogenies of a wide range of trilobite taxa but as stated by Chatterton et al. (1999) “they must be derived for the Proetida”. Since Speyer and Chatterton (1989), they have been interpreted as planktonic larvae and are considered to be separate from the subsequent benthic adult-like forms by a metamorphosis. Likewise a broad larval hypostome is a common ontogenetic feature in many trilobites but the anaprotaspid hypostomes of proetoid trilobites are remarkably large so that they almost fully cover the ventral opening of the larva without the prominent spines displayed in larval hypostomes of other taxa (Lerosey-Aubril and Feist 2005). Moreover, the proetoid larval hypostome displays a peculiar morphology characterized by an ovoid outline and a prominent postero-medial spine that extends beyond the doublure in in situ hypostomes (Lerosey-Aubril and Feist 2005). Finally proetoid metaprotaspides possess more heterogeneous morphologies but these are all very much “adult like” (sensu Fortey, 2001). More important is the fact that proetoid metaprotaspides are devoid of complex patterns of tuberculation as seen in many aulacopleuroid taxa and they never represent more than two stages during ontogeny. Each of these aspects should be carefully considered in a revised classification of trilobite taxa in the Proetida.
For more details on the ontogeny of the Order Proetida, visit Rudy Lerosey's page "Larvae & Trilobite Orders: Proetida"
The lumping of the family Phillipsiidae into the Proetidae by Jell & Adrain 2003 has not been generally accepted by workers on the Proetida (e.g., Lerosey-Aubril and Feist 2005 continue to recognize Phillipsiidae). If Phillipsiidae is retained, the generic listing offered above for the Proetoidea should be split out into Proetidae, Phillipsiidae, and Tropidocoryphidae. The constituent genera of the retained Phillipsiidae would include advanced proetoids largely from the Carboniferous and Permian, but might include early members of that clade from the late Devonian.
Fortey, R.A. & R.M. Owens. 1975. Proetida: a new order of trilobites. Fossils and Strata 4:227-39.
Fortey, R. A. 1990. Ontogeny, hypostome attachment, and trilobite classification. J. of Paleontology. 33:529-76.
Fortey, R. A. 2001. Trilobite systematics: the last 75 years. J. of Paleontology. 75(6):1141-51.
Lerosey-Aubril, R., & R. Feist 2005. First Carboniferous protaspid larvae (Trilobita). J of Palaeontology 79(4):702-18..
In the genera listings above, synonymies and other replacements are indicated in parentheses. For example: Telephina (=Telephus) indicates that Telephina Marek 1952 is the current generic name, replacing Telephus Barrande 1852 via preoccupation, while Acidiphorus (=Goniotelina; =Goniotelus/Goniurus) indicates that Acidophorus is the current generic name, replacing both Goniotelina and Goniotelus, which are now relegated to junior subjective synonyms [jss] of Acidophorus, while Goniotelus was itself a replacement name for Goniurus, which is a junior objective synonym [jos]). Thus "=" indicates jss and "/" indicates jos.