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Intraspecific variation in Wenlock tabulate corals from Saaremaa (Estonia) and its taxonomic implications/Saaremaa Wenlocki tabulaatide liigisisene muutlikkus ja selle seosed taksonoomiaga.


The taxonomy of tabulate corals in Baltoscandia was long based on the typological approach. Many species were erected where the intraspecific variation was not taken into account (Sokolov 1951a,b, 1952, 1955; Klaamann 1959, 1961, 1962a,b; Stasinska 1967). Later, Klaamann (1964, 1966, 1970, 1983) revised several species considering the intraspecific variability. It has been understood by now that the morphological variation in tabulate corals is very complex, having different aspects, and includes intraspecific and intracolonial components (Young & Elias 1997). The aspects of morphological variation in Gotland tabulate corals are thoroughly studied by Stel (1978) and Young & Scrutton (1991). It is also known that good taxonomical studies of tabulate corals with considering the intraspecific variation are based on complete collections of an adequate number of specimens representing different localities (Young & Elias 1995; Dixon 1989, 1999).

The present research is based on material from one locality. The locality of Liiva on the northern coast of Saaremaa Island (Fig. 1) was selected for the study because tabulate corals are much more abundant there than in other Wenlock sites of Estonia. The aspects of variation in Heliolites spongodes? Lindstrom, Heliolites interstinctus (Linnaeus), Heliolites sp. A, Propora tubulata (Lonsdale), Halysites senior Klaamann, and Paleofavosites secundus? (Klaamann) are analysed and the taxonomical problems of Wenlock tabulate corals in Baltoscandia are discussed. The main task is to characterize these species and show their intraspecific variability. One species is considered under open nomenclature and two species are tentative because more material is necessary for their precise identification.



Populations are assumed to be stratigraphically and geographically limited collections of individuals, and the study of intraspecific variation requires that the examined collections be close to populations (Webb 1996; Dixon 1999). The morphological variation in tabulate corals occurs at different levels: within the corallum, within the population, and between populations (Dixon 1989; Webb 1996). Scrutton (1989) distinguished ontogenetic (visible development of the corallite), astogenetic (apparent development of the corallum), cyclomorphic (cycling of growth bands), and topomorphic (caused by environmental impacts) variation, expressed at the corallum level.

The present study deals with morphological variation at the corallum and intraspecific level, leaving aside details of ontogenetic variation. The collection analysed consists of 64 specimens from the Mustjala and Ninase members of the Jaani Formation from Liiva locality.

The quantitative and non-quantitative data on intraspecific variation were received from thin sections by using the biometry and data on intracorallum variation were obtained from peels. Peels were made from selected coralla at 1 cm intervals.

The terminology and parameters of the corallum shape and size follow those of Young & Scrutton (1991) and Young & Elias (1995), and the measurement methods are largely based on the technique applied by Young & Elias (1995). The coefficient of variation of mean parameters shows the variation between different heliolitid coralla in the current study. The coefficient of variation was calculated by the following formula: standard deviation/mean*100 (Simpson et al. 1960; Young & Elias 1995).

The material is housed at the Museum of Geology, University of Tartu (TUG) and at the Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology (GIT).


The locality is only a few hundred metres long and about 2 m high. It comprises two different types of facies of the Jaani Stage (Klaamann 1986)--open shelf facies (Mustjala Member) and shoal facies (Ninase Member). The thickness of the upper part of the Mustjala Member above sea level is approximately 50 cm. The overlying Ninase Member is about 1 m thick. The former consists of marl-stone with interlayers and nodules of biomicritic limestone, the latter of grain-stone (Fig. 2). The Mustjala Member contains tabulate corals, stromatoporoids, rugose corals, brachiopods, and crinoidal debris. The tabulate collection of the member is rich in heliolitids and halysitids, but poor in favositids, theciids, and syringolitids. Heliolitids and halysitids are common in the mudstone facies (Stel 1978; Scrutton 1998). Klaamann (1986) noted that species of the Mustjala Member could tolerate a high content of mud. Heliolitids dominate over the other taxa in diversity and abundance, while halysitids are represented by abundant specimens of only one species, Halysites senior. The collection includes one specimen of Syringolites and Thecia. The Ninase Member contains fragments of brachiopods and crinoids, and also some tabulate corals (favositids) in the layers of marlstone intercalating with grainstone.


Klaamann (1961, 1964) has documented Thecia tenuicula Klaamann, Syringolites kunthianus (Lindstrom), Propora tubulata, Subalveolites sokolovi Klaamann, Paleofavosites secundus (Klaamann), and Catenipora oriens Klaamann from Liiva locality. The community, occurring in the Mustjala and Ninase members in localities of Northern Saaremaa, including Liiva, is called after the index fossil the Halysites senior community Klaamann (1983).

Rapid short-time influxes of mud interrupted the growth of coralla in the Mustjala Member. Coralla are mostly grown on stromatoporoids. The frequency of tabulates decreases at the transition from the Mustjala Member to the Ninase Member (from open shelf facies to shoal facies), but the taxonomic composition remains almost the same (Klaamann 1986). The shoal facies is usually rich in corals but, interestingly, here the situation is opposite. The environment in the Mustjala Member was most favourable for heliolitids, but the small number and size of favositids show that they could not adapt to the environment with that high sedimentation rate. Rare finds and the larger size of favositids in the Ninase Member confirm that they preferred the environment with a lower sedimentation rate and higher water dynamics.

Coralla are mainly of tabular and domical shape. The bulbous shape is less common and only one corallum is columnar (Table 1). The columnar shape of the corallum and upward growth usually indicate a high sedimentation rate (Young & Scrutton 1991).


The aspects of variation are observed at the corallum level, following Scrutton (1989).

Astogenetic variation is expressed at different stages of corallum development. The internal structure of a corallum at the juvenile stage may be completely different from the adult stage. This difference is visible in sections from small juvenile coralla of Propora tubulata (Pl. II, fig. 4) having heliolites-type coenenchymal tubes at an early stage (see also Noble & Lee 1990). The crenulation of the corallite wall and the occurrence of septa in corallites of Heliolites interstinctus (Pl. I, fig. 5) is astogenetic (Lee et al. 1990).

Cyclomorphic variation or density banding occurs as a periodicity of dark and light bands (Scrutton 1989). The distinctness and character of density banding is variable among taxa (Young & Kershaw 2005). Density banding in the current study is visible only in the spacing of tabulae in halysitids, favositids, and in Heliolites sp. A (Pl. II, figs 1, 6, 9). The density bands in H. spongodes? (Pl. I, fig. 4) and in H. interstinctus (Pl. I, fig. 6) are expressed in the spacing of corallite tabulae and tubule tabulae. In H. spongodes? the density banding in the spacing of tubule tabulae is more distinct than that of corallite tabulae (see also Young & Kershaw 2005). The density banding in Heliolites sp. A occurs only in the spacing of corallite tabulae. Propora tubulata has distinctive bands, which are expressed in the spacing of tabulae and dissepiments and in periodical thickening of skeletal elements (Pl. II, figs 2, 3).



Topomorphic variation includes the variation in corallite size, shape, and spacing within the corallum (Scrutton 1989). These characters vary with the environmental conditions, but this variation is also genetically controlled as, for example, the corallum growth changes in response to the environment, depending on the plasticity of species (Young & Scrutton 1991). Topomorphic variation can be also the degree of crenulation of corallites in H. spongodes? (Pl. I, figs 1-3) and thickening of corallite walls in Halysites senior (Pl. II, fig. 6). Variation in tabularium size and corallite spacing within the corallum is obvious in heliolitids (Fig. 3). In comparison with P. tubulata the variation in corallite wall thickness is low in species of Heliolites (Fig. 4).




Variations can be classified as occurring at individual, intraspecific, and interpopulational levels (Webb 1996). Intraspecific variation occurs at the next level after intracorallum variation.

The variation in quantitative characters of heliolitids, such as tabularium diameter, corallite spacing, and thickness of the corallite wall, is evident within coralla, but the degree of variation is higher between coralla (Figs 5, 6). This is also noticed by the comparison of the ranges of mean values of these characters (Tables 2, 3, 4).

Heliolites interstinctus differs from other heliolitids by the largest mean corallite size. Its wall is mostly smooth, but sometimes wavy, and corallites are slightly crenulated (Pl. I, fig. 5). The septa are absent in some corallites (Table 5). The variable occurrence of septa within the corallum in that species excludes the possibility of assigning specimens without septa to Heliolites decipiens M'Coy (Lee et al. 1990). Therefore, H. decipiens described by Klaamann (1961) from Saaremaa is a synonym of H. interstinctus and the latter species instead belongs to the Halysites senior community (Klaamann 1983).

Powell (1979) described Heliolites spongodes as a subspecies of H. daintreei Nicholson & Etheridge from the Wenlock of England. The other subspecies H. daintreei daintreei in Powell (1979) has slightly larger corallite diameters (1.08-1.35 mm) and a more variable corallite shape than the first subspecies, which has smaller (0.65-0.83 mm across) and slightly crenulated corallites. Powell (1979) noted that the corallite of the type specimen of H. daintreei from the Devonian of North Queensland varies largely in diameter (0.5-2.5 mm). Both subspecies have long septal spines. The specimens analysed in the current work have mean tabularium diameters of 0.78-1.18 mm, which overlap with corallite diameters of both subspecies of H. daintreei, but are smaller than those of the type specimen of H. daintreei from North Queensland. Here the specimens are considered to be more similar to H. spongodes. However, proper description of this species requires more material and therefore it is regarded as tentative. Heliolites spongodes? is quite similar to Heliolites diligens Bondarenko from the Ludlovian-Gedinnian of Kazakhstan according to the descriptions of Dixon (1989) who analysed the latter species from the Ludlow of the Canadian Arctic. They both have long septal spines and variable shape of corallites, and also similar quantitative characters (H. diligens has corallite diameters of 1-1.3 mm, tubule diameters of 0.26-0.4 mm, and corallites 24-46 per [cm.sup.2]). For numerical data of H. spongodes? see Table 3. Heliolites diligens has also short or undeveloped septa (Dixon 1989), but H. spongodes? has long septal spines in all corallites from all sections of coralla.



The intraspecific variation in H. spongodes?, except for quantitative characters, occurs in corallite shape, which is circular (Pl. I, fig. 1), slightly crenulate (Pl. I, fig. 2) or strongly crenulate (Pl. I, fig. 3). The shape of the corallite wall varies from smooth to wavy, whereas variation is more distinct between specimens than within the corallum (Pl. I, fig. 2). The crenulation of the corallite wall in this species is environmentally affected, because it appears randomly in some coralla and strongly and more often in other coralla (Pl. I, figs 2, 3; Dixon 1989). Slight difference is noted in the abundance of septal spines, but they all reach the corallite centre and are well developed (Pl. I, figs 1-4). Some specimens have corallites with long horizontal septal spines, which almost meet at the centre of the corallite or form different axial structures (Pl. I, fig. 3). Those specimens look like different representatives of Stelliporellidae (Hill 1981). Stelliporellids differ from heliolitids basically in having long septa, which form different structures inside corallites.

Heliolites sp. A is represented only by 4 specimens. It differs from other heliolitids mostly in its small corallite size (Pl. I, fig. 7; Pl. II, fig. 1; Figs 3-6). Corallite sizes and the thickness of the corallite wall vary within and between specimens of Heliolites sp. A (Tables 2, 3; Figs 3-6). This species has short septa and thick skeletal elements (Pl. I, fig. 7; Pl. II, fig. 1). Unlike other tabulates, it also has a corallum of columnar shape (Table 1).

Propora tubulata has the most distinct density bands among heliolitids and, therefore, skeletal elements, such as corallite wall, coenenchymal dissepiments, and septal spines, vary from thin to thick (Table 4). This species has the largest intraspecific variation in corallite size compared to Heliolites species (Fig. 5). However, the coefficient of variation of selected coralla does not clearly show that there is a distinct difference in intracorallum variation of P. tubulata and other heliolitids (Table 2). Propora raricellata Sokolov is a possible synonym of P. tubulata because they differ only in the spacing of corallites (Sokolov 1955) which is a variable character (Figs 3, 5). Propora conferta Milne-Edwards & Haime from the Jaani Formation of Saaremaa is identical to P. tubulata and therefore it cannot belong to the Halysites senior community (Klaamann 1961, 1983).

Halysites senior is the only halysitid species in Liiva locality. It has polygonal lacunae somewhat varying in size and shape, thick corallite walls and septal spines (Pl. II, figs 5, 6). Corallite sizes are slightly variable inside the corallum (Pl. II, fig. 5; Table 6). Wall thickness and development of septal spines are variable as well (Table 7). The corallite wall in H. senior is sometimes so thick that tubules cannot be noticed, as already noted by Motus & Klaamann (1999). The presence or absence of tubules, however, is the character of generic importance. The same character varies within the corallum and between specimens (Tables 6, 7). Describing Catenipora oriens, Klaamann (1961) did not notice tubules in this species, but they are present in the holotype (Pl. II, fig. 7). By the overlapping metric characters C. oriens and H. senior are possibly synonymous with each other. The corallites in the latter are 1.4-1.9 mm wide, 1.8-2.2 mm long, and have thick walls (Motus & Klaamann 1999), whereas corallites in C. oriens are slightly smaller, 1.0-1.4 mm wide and 1.5-1.9 mm long, but have also thick walls and long septal spines. The development of septal spines is variable in H. senior and corallite sizes are overlapping with each other.

Paleofavosites secundus? is the only favositid in the locality. It is represented only by 7 specimens, which are up to 13 cm wide and 4 cm high in the Ninase Member but only a few centimetres wide in the Mustjala Member. The specimens from the Mustjala Member resemble Paleofavosites secundus in similar mean sizes of corallites, wall thickness, position of pores, and in having septa on tabulae (Table 8; Pl. II, fig. 9). In Paleofavosites secundus corallites are 1.5-2.1 mm in size and the corallite wall is 0.12-0.2 mm thick (Klaamann 1964). The species was earlier known under Mesofavosites, but Mesofavosites is synonymous with Paleofavosites (Powell & Scrutton 1978). Most specimens from the Ninase Member, except for one, are similar to Favosites jaaniensis Sokolov, which has an average corallite diameter of 1.7-4.0 mm and corallite wall thickness of 0.05-0.07 mm, sometimes 0.1 mm. The diagnostic characters partly overlap in all specimens (Tables 8, 9). Most specimens from the Ninase Member have some larger corallites and a slightly thinner corallite wall than the specimens from the Mustjala Member. One specimen from the Ninase Member has mean corallite size and wall thickness falling between the same characters of P. secundus and F. jaaniensis (TUG 1223-39, Table 8). The position of pores varies in all specimens. The presence of few corner pores in F. jaaniensis shows that this species should be assigned to Paleofavosites. Yet, P. jaaniensis erected by Sokolov is very different from F. jaaniensis (Sokolov 1952). Paleofavosites jaaniensis Sokolov has large pores and well-developed septal spines. Klaamann (1986) mentioned that F. jaaniensis is synonymous with Favosites gothlandicus Lamarck. The latter species has smaller corallites, thin walls, and mid-wall pores according to the neotype (Jones 1936, p. 9). It is assumed here that Favosites jaaniensis is probably synonymous with Paleofavosites secundus. More specimens are needed to solve this taxonomic problem and the specimens here are referred to as Paleofavosites secundus?. The difficulty is rare occurrence of favositids in Liiva locality, but additional material should be collected from the same stratigraphical level in other localities.

Favositids are known to have the largest intracorallum variation in corallite size among tabulate corals (Young & Elias 1997). Their simple compact structure complicates the determination of intraspecific variation. The specimens from the Mustjala Member have a thick corallite wall and they have settled on stromatoporoids (Pl. II, figs 8, 9). In the Ninase Member they have settled on small fossils such as gastropods and grown more in size because of the better conditions (Pl. II, figs 10, 11). The difference between the two environments could lead to large intraspecific variation in Paleofavosites secundus?.


1. The environment with a high sedimentation rate and low energy dynamics in the Mustjala Member was most favourable for heliolitids.

2. The range of diagnostic characters of Halysites senior overlaps with that of Catenipora oriens and the two species are regarded as synonyms.

3. Propora raricellata is possibly synonymous with P. tubulata because the only character differentiating these species is variable.

4. The very small number of favositids shows that they had difficulties in adapting themselves to the environmental conditions in Liiva locality.

5. Favosites jaaniensis is possibly synonymous with Paleofavosites secundus because their characters varied with the environment.


The research was supported by grants Nos 6127 and 5290 of the Estonian Science Foundation. Prof. Dimitri Kaljo (Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology) and Dr. Oive Tinn (Institute of Geology, University of Tartu) are thanked for the constructive reviews of the manuscript. Dr. Heldur Nestor (Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology) is acknowledged for advice in lithology of the locality, Prof. Tonu Meidla (University of Tartu) for help during fieldwork for this study in 1998, Dr. Graham Young (Manitoba Museum) for discussing details of terminology and statistics, and Dr. John Powell (British Geological Survey) for the valuable information about species.

Received 5 October 2005, in revised form 28 November 2005


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Mari-Ann Motus

Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia pst. 7, 10143 Tallinn, Estonia;
Table 1. Size (cm) and shape of coralla. W, corallum width; H, corallum
height; M, height to the widest point of the corallum

 Species W H M Shape

Heliolites spongodes?
TUG 1223-15 15 8 5 Bulbous
TUG 1223-22 6 3 3 Bulbous
TUG 1223-16 9.7 3.5 0 Domical
TUG 1223-23 9 3.5 0.5 Domical
TUG 1223-24 3.2 3.8 0.7 Domical

Heliolites interstinctus
TUG 1223-25 6 3 1.2 Domical
TUG 1223-18 7 2.5 1 Domical
TUG 1223-6 7 2.5 1 Domical
TUG 1223-26 2 1.3 0.5 Domical
TUG 1223-19 8 3 1 Domical
TUG 1223-27 5.5 2.5 2 Bulbous
TUG 1223-4 5.5 4 2 Bulbous

Heliolites sp. A
TUG 1223-7 4.2 6.7 Columnar

Propora tubulata
TUG 1223-20 15 6 Tabular
TUG 1223-21 15 5.7 Tabular
TUG 1223-28 8 3.5 1.8 Bulbous
TUG 1223-29 6 4.1 3.6 Bulbous
TUG 1223-8 8.5 3 Tabular
TUG 1223-31 13.5 5 Tabular
TUG 1223-32 6.3 2.5 Tabular
TUG 1223-33 3.2 1.5 0.8 Bulbous

Halysites senior
TUG 1223-34 10 2 Tabular
TUG 1223-35 6 6 3.5 Bulbous
TUG 1223-36 10.5 3 Tabular
TUG 1223-37 9 3 Tabular

Paleofavosites secundus?
TUG 1223-38 9 4 0 Domical
TUG 1223-13 7.5 2.2 Tabular
TUG 1223-39 13 2.6 Tabular

Table 2. The numerical data of coralla for Heliolites spongodes?
Lindstrom, TUG 1223-14, TUG 1223-15, TUG 1223-16, TUG 1223-3; for
Heliolites interstinctus (Linnaeus), TUG 1223-18, TUG 1223-6,
TUG 1223-19; for Heliolites sp. A, TUG 1223-7; and for Propora
tubulata (Lonsdale), TUG 1223-20, TUG 1223-21. TaD, tabularium
diameter (mm); WT, thickness of corallite wall (mm); Co 1 [cm.sup.2],
number of corallites in 1 [cm.sup.2]; stdev., standard deviation;
c.v., coefficient of variation

 TaD WT Co
 1 [cm.sup.2]

TUG 1223-14
Colony average 0.87 0.05 41.67
Range of means 0.85-0.89 --
Stdev. of colony 0.04 0.01
C.v. of colony 4.64 13.21

TUG 1223-15
Colony average 1.10 0.06 32
Range of means 1.07-1.13 --
Stdev. of colony 0.05 0.01
C.v. of colony 4.71 13.58

TUG 1223-16
Colony average 1.02 0.05 26.5
Range of means 0.99-1.05 --
Stdev. of colony 0.08 0.01
C.v. of colony 8.14 17.29

TUG 1223-3
Colony average 0.87 0.06 42.67
Range of means 0.84-0.92 --
Stdev. of colony 0.04 0.01
C.v. of colony 4.88 15.91

TUG 1223-18
Colony average 1.39 0.05 20
Range of means 1.35-1.43 --
Stdev. of colony 0.08 0.01
C.v. of colony 5.60 13.35

TUG 1223-6
Colony average 1.38 0.05 18
Range of means 1.34-1.42 --
Stdev. of colony 0.06 0.01
C.v. of colony 4.23 13.32

TUG 1223-19
Colony average 1.33 0.05 11.08
Range of means 1.26-1.38 --
Stdev. of colony 0.07 0.01
C.v. of colony 5.51 24.68

TUG 1223-7
Colony average 0.61 0.14 33.25
Range of means 0.57-0.64 --
Stdev. of colony 0.05 0.03
C.v. of colony 7.51 22.24

TUG 1223-20
Colony average 1.79 0.13 13
Range of means 1.65-1.92 0.11-0.16
Stdev. of colony 0.13 0.03
C.v. of colony 7.47 20.52

TUG 1223-21
Colony average 1.64 0.14 14
Range of means 1.52-1.75 0.13-0.19
Stdev. of colony 0.11 0.03
C.v. of colony 6.50 22.24

-- Not determined.

Table 3. Numerical data for selected heliolitid species. TaD,
tabularium diameter; TuD, tubule diameter; CoWT, thickness of
corallite wall; TuW, thickness of tubule wall; SL, length of septa;
Co 1 [cm.sup.2], number of corallites in 1 [cm.sup.2]; Ta5, number
of tabulae in 5 mm; Di5, number of tubule tabulae in 5 mm.
Measurements in mm


Heliolites spongodes?
Minimum 0.70 0.13 0.03
Average 0.94 0.24 0.06
Range of means 0.78-1.18 0.19-0.28 0.03-0.07
Maximum 1.25 0.38 0.10
No. of measurements 367 171 81
No. of specimens 17 17 17

Heliolites interstinctus
Minimum 1 0.15 0.03
Average 1.36 0.28 0.06
Range of means 1.19-1.48 0.24-0.35 0.04-0.07
Maximum 1.60 0.43 0.08
No. of measurements 231 138 70
No. of specimens 11 11 11

Heliolites sp. A
Minimum 0.60 0.10 0.03
Average 0.68 0.15 0.05
Range of means 0.66-0.7 0.13-0.16 0.03-0.05
Maximum 0.77 0.20 0.05
No. of measurements 80 26 6
No. of specimens 4 4 4

 TuW SL Co 1

Heliolites spongodes?
Minimum 0.01 Centre 26
Average 0.03 -- 36.53
Range of means 0.01-0.04 -- 26-46
Maximum 0.05 -- 47
No. of measurements 49 17 17
No. of specimens 17 17 17

Heliolites interstinctus
Minimum 0.03 0.03 17
Average 0.03 0.07 22.09
Range of means 0.03 0.04-0.1 17-26
Maximum 0.05 0.13 26
No. of measurements 32 20 11
No. of specimens 11 8 11

Heliolites sp. A
Minimum 0.03 0.1 25
Average 0.05 0.1 30
Range of means 0.03-0.05 -- --
Maximum 0.05 0.1 34
No. of measurements 6 5 4
No. of specimens 4 4 4

 Ta5 Di5

Heliolites spongodes?
Minimum 11 21
Average 17.73 27.57
Range of means 11.75-21 --
Maximum 23 34
No. of measurements 41 11
No. of specimens 14 7

Heliolites interstinctus
Minimum 7 13
Average 11.22 16.37
Range of means 7.83-15.33 --
Maximum 17 19
No. of measurements 45 10
No. of specimens 11 5

Heliolites sp. A
Minimum 19 22
Average 21.25 25.67
Range of means -- --
Maximum 24 29
No. of measurements 4 7
No. of specimens 2 3

--Not determined.

Table 4. Numerical data for Propora tubulata (Lonsdale). TaD,
tabularium diameter (mm); WT, thickness of corallite wall (mm);
SL, length of septa (mm); Co 1 [cm.sup.2], number of corallites in
1 [cm.sup.2]; Ta5, number of tabulae in 5 mm; Se5, number of septa
in 5 mm; Di5, number of tubule tabulae in 5 mm

 TaD WT SL Co 1

Minimum 0.85 0.05 0.35 12
Average 1.55 0.11 0.52 19.29
Range of means 1.19-1.95 0.08-0.22 0.4-0.7 12.0-28.0
Maximum 2 0.90 0.70 28
No. of measurements 292 104 17 14
No. of specimens 14 14 12 14

 Ta5 Se5 Di5

Minimum 7 7 4
Average 12.10 14.64 10.44
Range of means 8.4-17.0 10.0-21.67 6.0-16.67
Maximum 18 23 20
No. of measurements 50 47 45
No. of specimens 12 12 12

Table 5. Occurrence of septa in different sections of selected
specimens of Heliolites interstinctus (Linnaeus). Co with Spt,
corallites with septa; Co total, corallites in total; percent,
percentage of corallites with septa in the section of the corallum

 Co with Spt Co total Percent

TUG 1223-18
Peel 1 0 46 0
Peet 2 2 85 2.35

TUG 1223-19
Peel 1 3 35 8.57
Peet 2 11 75 14.67

TUG 1223-6
Peel 1 0 35 0
Peel 2 3 90 3.33
Peel 3 2 85 2.35

Table 6. Size and number of tabulae compared with the size and number
of tubules in selected coralla of Halysites senior Klaamann. TaL,
tabularium length; TuL, tubule length; TuW, tubule width; No. of Co,
number of corallites; No. of Tu, number of tubules; stdev., standard
deviation; c.v., coefficient of variation. Measurements in mm

 TaL TuL TuW

TUG 1223-40
Minimum 1.4 0.15 0.15
Average 1.63 0.26 0.34
Range of means 1.61-1.66 - -
Maximum 2 0.6 0.75
Stdev. 0.14 - -
C.v. 8.7 - -
No. of measurements 55 21 21

TUG 1223-36
Minimum 1 0.1 0.1
Average 1.49 0.25 0.28
Range of means 1.47-1.51 - -
Maximum 1.90 0.75 0.7
Stdev. 0.18 - -
C.v. 11.94 - -
No. of measurements 88 35 35

 No. of Co No. of Tu

TUG 1223-40
Minimum 33 4
Average 45.67 7
Range of means - -
Maximum 60 12
Stdev. - -
C.v. - -
No. of measurements 3 3

TUG 1223-36
Minimum 84 15
Average 88 17
Range of means - -
Maximum 92 19
Stdev. - -
C.v. - -
No. of measurements 2 2

--Not determined.

Table 7. Numerical data for Halysites senior Klaamann. TaL, tabularium
length; TaW, tabularium width; TuL, tubule length; TuW, tubule width;
No. of Co, number of corallites in section; No. of Tu, number of
tubules in section; WT, corallite wall thickness; SL, length of
septa; Ta5, number of tabulae in 5 mm. Measurements in mm

 TaL TaW TuL

Minimum 0.8 0.5 0.05
Average 1.49 0.94 0.24
Range of means 1.33-1.78 0.84-1.24 0.13-0.3
Maximum 2 1.2 0.75
No. of measure- 223 223 58
No. of specimens 10 10 10

 TuW No. of Co No. of Tu

Minimum 0.05 34 1
Average 0.26 52.8 5.7
Range of means 0.17-0.46 - -
Maximum 0.6 95 14
No. of measure- 58 10 10
No. of specimens 10 10 10

 WT SL Ta5

Minimum 0.30 0.05 8
Average 0.40 0.14 11.46
Range of means 0.3-0.5 0.1-0.3 9.83-14
Maximum 0.6 0.3 16
No. of measure- 76 20 42
No. of specimens 10 9 10

--Not determined.

Table 8. Variation in selected characters of Paleofavosites secundus?
(Klaamann). CoD-6, mean diameters of corallites with 6 or more sides
(mm); WT, mean thickness of corallite wall (mm); CP, presence or
absence of corner pores

 CoD-6 WT CP Member

TUG 1223-38 3.2 0.1 Present Ninase
TUG 1223-41 3.0 0.1 Absent Ninase
TUG 1223-42 1.7 0.2 Absent Mustjala
TUG 1223-39 2.3 0.3 Absent Ninase
TUG 1223-13 3.4 0.1 Present Ninase
TUG 1223-43 1.9 0.4 Present Mustjala
TUG 1223-12 1.7 0.2 Absent Mustjala

Table 9. Numerical data for Paleofavosites secundus? (Klaamann).
CoD-6, diameters of corallites with 6 or more sides; WP, diameter of
wall pores; CP, diameter of corner pores; WT, thickness of corallite
wall; SL, length of septa; Ta5, number of tabulae in 5 mm.
Measurements in mm

 CoD-6 WP CP

Minimum 0.68 0.05 0.10
Average 2.54 0.19 0.18
Range of means 1.68-3.38 0.1-0.29 0.1-0.25
Maximum 4.75 0.45 0.25
No. of measurements 133 26 4
No. of specimens 7 7 3

 WT SL Ta5

Minimum 0.05 0.10 2
Average 0.24 0.11 3.92
Range of means 0.05-0.43 0.1-5.14 2.0-5.0
Maximum 0.5 0.15 6
No. of measurements 14 7 18
No. of specimens 7 4 4
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