Sous-embranchement (subphylum) des Rugbyformea
Classe des Rugbyballata


   Subphylum RUGBYFORMEA

Class Rugbyballata

[nom. correct. in BrachNet, 2007]

This species named Folliculus ovatus (= small oval ball) is under study. A new subphylum has been created for - the characteristics seem to be between Inarticulated and Articulated Brachiopoda: the shell appears to be unarticulated.


The picture has been taken in a sea-grass bottom in the Gulf of Marseille (Mediterranean sea): the type locality is the bay named "Stade-vélodrome".


The variability of the dimensions is given on the figure below)




Geological range: Holocene


This subphylum has been discovered in fall 2007 during recent events in France, and particularly in Marseille where the specimens have been recently collected as well as in Cardif by New Zealand specialists.

However its ancestor seems to be English used as a ball in a play named Rugby from the beginning of the 19th Century. It was earlier known in Medieval football invented and played during the Middle Ages according to the picture in front (French private collection).


This first report is to late to be included in the Vol. 6 of the Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology Part H Bachioppoda revised.



Any additional information is welcome.