Pagea is a genus of prehistoric eurypterid classified as part of the Stylonuridae family. It contains three species, all from the Devonian; P. plotnicki from Nunavut, Canada and P. sturrocki and P. symondsii from the Old Red Sandstone of the United Kingdom.[1] The genus is named in honor of David Page, an early worker on the fauna of the Old Red Sandstone and describer of the first Stylonurine eurypterid.[2]

Pagea
Temporal range: Devonian
Pagea symondsii.png
Carapace of Pagea symondsii.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Order: Eurypterida
Superfamily: Stylonuroidea
Family: Stylonuridae
Genus: Pagea
Waterston, 1962
Type species
Pagea sturrocki
(Waterston, 1962)
Other species
  • P. plotnicki Lamsdell, Braddy, Loeffler & Dineley, 2010
  • P. symondsii Salter, 1859

DescriptionEdit

Pagea was a large stylonurid eurypterid. The third and fourth prosomal appendages bore double rows of flat spines. The prosoma was subrectangularly shaped, with the eyes located on the anterior half.[2]

The metastoma was narrow in relation to the width of the prosoma, being half as wide as it was long. The telson was styliform, long and keeled.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dunlop, J. A., Penney, D. & Jekel, D. 2015. A summary list of fossil spiders and their relatives. In World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch, version 16.0 http://www.wsc.nmbe.ch/resources/fossils/Fossils16.0.pdf (PDF).
  2. ^ a b c "Pagea sturrocki gen. et sp. nov., a new eurypterid from the Old Red Sandstone of Scotland | The Palaeontological Association". www.palass.org. Retrieved 2017-12-27.

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