Abstract

The myriapodous arthropod Maldybulakia Tesakov & Alekseev, 1998, was first described from the Lower Devonian (Pragian-Emsian) in central Kazakhstan. The geographic and stratigraphic distributions of Maldybulakia are broadened by the discovery of Devonian species in Australia. The Lochkovian or Pragian Maldybulakia angusi n.sp. occurs in abundance in the Sugarloaf Creek Formation near Taemas, NSW. Maldybulakia malcolmi n.sp. occurs in late Givetian or early Frasnian strata of the Boyd Volcanic Complex near Eden, south coastal NSW. Two trunk tagmata are present in Maldybulakia. The strong tergal exoskeleton of posteriorly overlapping diplopleurotergites suggests closest affinities with Dignatha and, particularly, Kampecarida. Along with arthropleurids and kampecarids, Maldybulakia represents another major myriapod bodyplan in the mid-Palaeozoic. Although occurring in lacustrine and fluvial sediments, the associated flora, likely myriapod affinities, and presence of spiracles in Maldybulakia suggest terrestrial habits.

 
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Short Form
Edgecombe, 1998, Rec. Aust. Mus. 50(3): 293–313
Author
Gregory D. Edgecombe
Year
1998
Title
Early myriapodous arthropods from Australia: Maldybulakia from the Devonian of New South Wales
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
50
Issue
3
Start Page
293
End Page
313
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.50.1998.1288
Language
English
Date Published
25 November 1998
Cover Date
25 November 1998
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
DEVONIAN; PALAEONTOLOGY
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11 March 2009
Available Online
16 July 2009
Reference Number
1288
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