Brancoceras

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Brancoceras
Temporal range: early to middle Albian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ammonitida
Suborder: Ammonitina
Superfamily: Acanthocerataceae
Family: Brancoceratidae
Subfamily: Branoceratinae
Genus: Brancoceras
Steinmann, 1881
Species
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Brancoceras is a rather small, strongly ribbed, acanthoceratacean ammonite from the Albian stage of the Lower Cretaceous, the shell evolute with a subquadrate whorl section and rounded venter. The suture forms a finely squiggly line with well defined lobes and saddles. Brancoceras (Eubrancoceras) aegoceratoides reached a diameter of at least 4.2 centimetres (1.7 in).

Brancoceras is representative of the subfamily Branoceratinae, which makes up part of the acanthoceratacean family Brancoceratidae. Its stratigraphic range is rather narrow, extending only from the upper Lower to the Middle Albian.

References[edit]

  • Arkell, W.J.; Kummel, B.; Wright, C.W. (1957). Mesozoic Ammonoidea. Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part L, Mollusca 4. Lawrence, Kansas: Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press. 
  • Ryszard Marcinowski and Jost Wiedmann. The Albian Ammonites of Poland. Palaeontologia Polonica no. 50, 1990