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Frondophyllas grandis

Rangeomorpha

Taxonomy
Frondophyllas grandis was named by Bamforth and Narbonne (2009) [= “Xmas tree” CLAPHAM AND NARBONNE, 2002, p. 629; CLAPHAM, NARBONNE, AND GEHLING, 2003, pg. 540; fig. 8.J; NARBONNE, 2005, fig. 2h (I).]. It is the type species of Frondophyllas.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2009Frondophyllas grandis Bamforth and Narbonne pp. 900 – 902 figs. 2.1 – 2.2; 3.2; 7.3

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
orderRangeomorpha
RankNameAuthor
genusFrondophyllas
speciesgrandis

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Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
E. L. Bamforth and G. M. Narbonne 2009Decimeter- to meter-scale, frond-like fossil with leaflet-bearing branches emerging in slightly offset pairs at regular intervals along wide, continuous central rod. Branching angle inconsistent along central rod, varying between 50° and 80°. Leaflets lanceolate in shape, composed of wide, straight to curved central stalk with primary branches emerging regularly in pairs, decreasing in length towards distal tip of leaflet.