Family Ginglymostomatidae Gill 1862 (nurse shark)

Chondrichthyes - Orectolobiformes - Ginglymostomatidae

Alternative spelling: Ginglymostominae

Parent taxon: Orectolobiformes according to D. J. Cicimurri and J. L. Knight 2009

See also Hay 1902, Kriwet et al. 2009, Purdy et al. 2001, Tabuce et al. 2005 and Underwood 2006

Sister taxa: Acanthoscyllium, Akaimia, Almascyllium, Annea, Brachaeluridae, Brachaelurus, Cretorectolobus, Crossorhinidae, Dorsetoscyllium, Eostegostoma, Hemiscylliidae, Heterophorcynus, Mesiteia, Orectolobidae, Orectoloboides, Orectolobus, Ornatoscyllium, Palaeobrachaelurus, Pararhincodon, Parascylliidae, Rhincodontidae, Rhinocodontidae

Subtaxa: Cantioscyllium Nebrius Plicatoscyllium Protoginglymostoma

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Ecology: nektobenthic carnivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Brazil (4 collections), Colombia (1), Japan (1), Pakistan (1), United States (1: South Carolina)

• Oligocene of Oman (1), Pakistan (2), United States (3: North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina)

• Eocene of Egypt (5), Mexico (1), Morocco (1), Nigeria (2), Pakistan (1), Togo (1), the United Kingdom (5), United States (13: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia), Western Sahara (2)

• Paleocene to Eocene of Saudi Arabia (1)

• Paleocene of United States (2: Mississippi, South Carolina)

• Cretaceous of France (3), Jordan (5), the Netherlands (1), Spain (1), Syria (6), United States (8: Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah)

• Jurassic of the United Kingdom (1)

Total: 73 collections including 86 occurrences

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