Oecoptychius

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Oecoptychius
Temporal range: Bajocian–Callovian[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Genus: Oecoptychius

Oecoptychius is an extinct genus of fossil ammonite cephalopods. The species lived during the Middle Jurassic.[1]

Taxonomic position[edit]

Oecophtychius was named by Neumayr[who?] in 1878. It is placed into Oecoptychitidae, a family of dwarf ammonites established by Arkell[who?], 1957, that is a part of the superfamily Stephanoceratoidea.[citation needed]

Diagnosis[edit]

Oecoptychius is an eccentrically coiled, dwarf ammonite. Inner whorls smooth, spheroidal; outer whorls with fine biplicate rbbing, ventral groove, and an acute elbow at half a whorl before the aperture; peristome contracted, with outwardly directed lappets.[citation needed]

Distribution[edit]

Fossils of the Oecophtychius species have been found in Jurassic sediments of France, Germany and Madagascar.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "Sepkoski's Online Genus Database". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Fossilworks.org - Oecoptychius". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  • W.J. Arkell, et al., 1957. Mesozoic Ammonoidea; Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part L, Ammonoidea. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.