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Pterosphenus schucherti

Reptilia - Squamata - Palaeophiidae

Taxonomy
Pterosphenus schucherti was named by Lucas (1898). Its type specimen is USNM 4047, a set of vertebrae (consists of about 40 vertebrae), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Melvin, southeast of, which is in a Priabonian marginal marine mixed carbonate-siliciclastic in the Yazoo Formation of Alabama.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1898Pterosphenus schucherti Lucas
1902Pterosphenus schucherti Hay p. 479
1981Pterosphenus schucherti Thurmond and Jones p. 163
1981Pterosphenus schucherti Westgate and Ward p. 161
1991Pterosphenus schucherti Holman et al. p. 6
2003Pterosphenus schucherti Parmley and Reed p. 224
2005Pterosphenus schucherti Parmley and DeVore p. 714
2008Pterosphenus schucherti Rage et al. p. 394

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
RankNameAuthor
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Lepidosauromorpha(Benton 1983)
superorderLepidosauria()
orderSquamata
suborderOphidia(Latreille 1804)
Serpentes(Linnaeus 1758)
infraorderAlethinophidia
familyPalaeophiidae()
genusPterosphenus
speciesschucherti

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
No diagnoses are available
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: phosphaticsubp
Body part: SVLg
Adult length: 1000 to < 10^4g
Environment: coastal, oceanic, marine, brackishg
Locomotion: actively mobilec
Life habit: aquaticg
Diet: carnivoreg
Created: 2005-09-10 11:11:02
Modified: 2005-09-10 13:11:02
Source: g = genus, c = class, subp = subphylum
References: Holman 2000, Carroll 1988, Hendy et al. 2009

Age range: base of the Thanetian to the top of the Late/Upper Eocene or 59.20000 to 33.90000 Ma

Collections (17 total)


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Thanetian59.2 - 56.0USA (New Jersey) Pterosphenus schucherti (124965)
Late/Upper Uintan46.2 - 40.4USA (Texas) Pterosphenus schucherti (16542)
Bartonian41.3 - 38.0USA (Louisiana) Pterosphenus schucherti (3534)
Bartonian41.3 - 38.0USA (South Carolina) Pterosphenus schucherti (134300)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (Louisiana) Pterosphenus schucherti (55251 75638)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (Alabama) Pterosphenus schucherti (type locality: 28983)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (Arkansas) Pterosphenus schucherti (16549 45641)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (Mississippi) Pterosphenus schucherti (6802)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (Georgia) Pterosphenus schucherti (45640) Pterosphenus schucherti, Palaeophis virginianus (27508)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (South Carolina) Pterosphenus schucherti (32908 206946)
Late/Upper Eocene37.2 - 33.9USA (Florida) Pterosphenus schucherti (27641)
Late/Upper Eocene37.2 - 33.9USA (Louisiana) Pterosphenus schucherti (27623)
Late/Upper Eocene37.2 - 33.9USA (Mississippi) Pterosphenus schucherti (162733)