A third Kirkbyites species, K. hercynicus sp. nov., is described from the early Upper Devonian (early Famennian) of the Harz Mountains (Central Europe) to join the other two known species of the genus Kirkbyites upsoni Johnson, the Upper Carboniferous type species from Nebraska (U.S.A.), and the late Upper Devonian Kullmannissites? solus Becker from N Spain (W Europe). Its biotype indicative carapace features, characteristic of marine low-energy palaeo-environments, place Kirkbyites Johnson, 1936 (Ostracoda, Palaeocopida, Kirkbyacea, Amphissitidae) into Becker’s “Thuringian” ecotype.
- Received September 1, 1992.
- Accepted September 1, 1992.
- © 1992 The Micropalaeontological Society