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- Nectocarididae

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1976Nectocaris Conway Morris
1979Vetustovermis Glaessner
1999Petalium Luo and Hu
2002Nectocaris Sepkoski, Jr.
2002Vetustovermis Sepkoski, Jr.
2005Vetustovermis Chen et al. p. 2007
2007Nectocaris Bambach et al. p. S83
2010Nectocaris Smith and Caron pp. 469 - 471
2010Petalilium Smith and Caron p. 469
2010Vetustovermis Smith and Caron p. 469
2013Nectocaris Smith

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familyNectocarididaeConway Morris 1976

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

M. R. Smith 2013Dorsoventrally flattened, non-segmented, torpedo-shaped body with no mineralized skeletal components. Small head bearing a pair of eyes on short stalks and two flexible anterior tentacles. Symmetrical denticulate chevrons posterior of mouth. Hollow funnel extruding from the ventral surface of a short neck and becoming broader as it enters a large, open axial cavity that contains paired gills. Robust serially repeated internal elements concentrically surrounding lateral sides of axial cavity. Fine superficial striations spanning lateral fins.