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Temporal range: Early Jurassic – present, 191–0 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Brachiopoda
Class: Rhynchonellata
Order: Terebratulida
Family: Chlidonophoridae
Subfamily: Chlidonophorinae
Muir-Wood, 1959[1]

Chlidonophorinae is a subfamily of Brachiopods in the family Chlidonophoridae.


Fossils of Chlidonophorinae have been recorded as early as 191-183 MYA in the Early Jurassic. There are only 4 extant species, 2 of which are in Chlidonophora and 2 of which are in Disculina.

Taxon Size[2][edit]

Chlidonophorinae has a total of 25 species (out of 58 in the family Chlidonophoridae) in which 4 are extant (16%).



All species of Chlidonophorinae are blind(inherited from Rhynchonellata).


All species of Chlidonophorinae are stationary(inherited from Brachiopoda).


All species of Chlidonophorinae are filter feeders(also known as suspension feeders).


All species of Chlidonophorinae have a taphonomy of low-magnesium calcite.


Genus Chlidonophora[edit]

Genus Deslongchampsithyris[edit]

Genus Disculina[edit]

Genus Gisilina[edit]

Genus Prochlidonophora[edit]

Genus Rugia[edit]


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