Early Silurian (Llandovery) to Late Devonian (Famennian);
436 mya - 359 mya.
Scotland, Southwest England, Arctic Canada.
was one of the first genera to be recognised beyond Eurypterus
and Stylonurus. The Silurian species is known
from marine strata, while by the Late Devonian they are
found in freshwater environments. It probably walked with
an octopodous (eight-legged) or hexapodous (six-legged)
gate and used its two anterior pairs of appendages to feel
for prey such as worms or small crustaceans in the substrate.
The prey was then swept up and entangled in the modified
'blades' on the appendages before being passed back to the
chelicerae and coxae for processing.
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