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Temporal range: from Late Devonian to Late Triassic, 409.1–205.6Ma
Goniatitidae - Goniatites bohemicus.JPG
Fossil of Goniatites bohemicus from Bavaria, on display at Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée in Paris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Goniatitida
Superfamily: Goniatitaceae
Family: Goniatitidae
Subfamily: Goniatitinae
Genus: Goniatites
De Haan, 1825

Goniatites is a genus of extinct cephalopods belonging to the family Goniatitidae, included in the superfamily Goniatitaceae. Beyrichoceras and Cravenoceras are among related genera.



  • Goniatites aequilobatus Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites americanus Gordon 1971
  • Goniatites beaumontii Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites bidorsatus Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites blumii Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites bohemicus Barrande 1865
  • Goniatites bronnii Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites buchii Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites choctawensis Shumard 1863
  • Goniatites crenistria Phillips 1836
  • Goniatites deceptus Korn and Titus 2011
  • Goniatites dufrenoii Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites eganensis Korn and Titus 2011
  • Goniatites friesei Münster 1841
  • Goniatites furcatus Münster 1841
  • Goniatites glaucus Münster 1841
  • Goniatites granosus Portlock 1843
  • Goniatites greencastlensis Miller and Gurley 1896
  • Goniatites infrafurcatus Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites iris Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites kentuckiensis Miller 1889
  • Goniatites lineatus Miller and Gurley 1896
  • Goniatites nitidus Phillips 1836
  • Goniatites pisum Münster 1841
  • Goniatites radiatus Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites rosthornii Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites sowerbyi Korn and Titus 2011
  • Goniatites sphaericus Martin 1809
  • Goniatites spurius Münster 1841
  • Goniatites striatus Sowerby 1814
  • Goniatites subcircularis Miller 1889
  • Goniatites suprafurcatus Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites tenuissimus Klipstein 1843
  • Goniatites wissmanni Münster 1841


The shell is generally globose with an open but narrow umbilicus, the surface commonly reticulate resulting from longitudinal lirae crossing transverse striae. The ventral lobe of the suture is rather narrow with a median saddle about or little less than half the height of entire lobe. The first lateral saddle is subangular to angular.


Fossils of species within this genus have been found widespread in North America, Eurasia, and north Africa. In particular they have been found in the Triassic of Italy, United States, in the Permian of United States, in the Carboniferous of the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Morocco, United Kingdom, United States, in the Mississippian of United States, as well in the Devonian of the Czech Republic, Spain, United States. [1]