Scyphocrinites elegans ZENKER, 1833
(line drawing by V. Petr)

Once upon a time, this beautiful float-bearing camerate crinoid had been very abundant in uppermost Silurian and lowermost Devonian seas on the territory of the Barrandian area, Czech Republic. It does not occur in the rocks of North America as suggested by Springer (1917).
The American species is a different one (it differs markedly in the number of SBrr in adults) but is not yet revised!
The revision of the Bohemian species was given by Prokop and Petr (1986). Kacha and Petr (1996) have pointed out that there is an interesting possibility of the existence of Mullerian mimics in the uppermost Silurian float-bearing community of coexisting genera Scyphocrinites Zenker and Carolicrinus Waagen and Jahn (see also the picture of Carolicrinus).

Prokop, R. J. - Petr, V. (1986): Revision of the superfamily Melocrinitacea d'Orbigny, 1852 (Crinoidea, Camerata) in Silurian and Devonian of Bohemia. - Sbornik Narodniho muzea, Rada B, 42 (3/4): 197-219. Praha.

Springer, F. (1917): On the crinoid genus Scyphocrinus and its bulbous root Camarocrinus. - Smithsonian Inst. Publ., 2440, 1-74. Washington, D.C.

See also the articles:

Prokop, R. J. - Petr, V. (1994): A note on the phylogeny of scyphocrinitid crinoids. - Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geologica, 1992(1/2): 31-36. Praha. whole article

Kacha, P. - Petr, V. (1996): Camouflage and mimicry in fossils, I: General part.
- Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae, Ser. B., Historia Naturalium, 51(1-4): 53-82.
Praha. whole article

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