Zoophycos Massalongo, 1855

DESCRIPTION: Spreiten-filled structures that are comprised of numerous but small U- to J-shaped protusive burrows that vary in length and orientation. Spreiten are arranged in helix-like patterns in circular to lobate shapes around a central shaft or tunnel.

BEHAVIOR(S): Fodinichina; feeding burrows of deposit feeders.

ENVIRONMENTAL SETTINGS: Shallow to deep marine

POSSIBLE TRACEMAKERS: Annelid worms, arthropods.

GEOLOGIC RANGE: Precambrian-recent


REMARKS: Found in the shallow-water deposits during the Paleozoic; found mostly in deep-water deposits after the Paleozoic.