Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa (Götte, 1887)
Cincinnatian Orders: Conulariida

Geologic Range
Cambrian – Recent

Common Paleoecology
Scyphozoa is an extant class of mobile and stationary predators

Characteristics of the Class

  • Lacking hard parts
  • May have a thin chitinophosphatic tissue
  • 4 endodermal speta
  • Free-swimming or attached forms

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Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part F (1956):

  • Mostly tetramerous free-swimming or attached Cnidaria lacking hard parts or protected by a thin chitinophosphatic periderm and typically characterized by presence of 4 interradial endodermal septa associated with longitudinal muscles of ectodermal origin and in some extinct forms with mineralized septa in this position.

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