Shastoceras

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Shastoceras
Temporal range: Early Aptian Aptian
Shastoceras behemothi.JPG
Shastoceras behemoth & S. californicum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Family: Ancyloceratidae
Genus: Shastoceras
Anderson, 1938
Species
  • S. californicum type
  • S. behemoth

Shastoceras is a genus of extinct ammonite cephalopod found in Lower Aptian sediments in Northern California. Although sometimes placed in the Heteroceratidae, a family characterized by a helically wound early portion, its form indicates it more likely belongs to the Ancyloceratidae.[citation needed]

Shastoceras resembles Uhligia from the Lower Barremian of Germany, except for being stouter. In both genera the initial portion is short and in general straight, followed by a more or less 180 deg. bend and a straight to moderately curved shaft ending in a hook. The shaft of Shastoceras is shorter and broader than that of Uhligia.

References[edit]

  • W.J. Arkell, et al., 1957. Mesozoic Ammonoidea; Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontlogy, Part L. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.