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Temporal range: Mid - Late Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Nautiloidea
Order: Nautilida
Family: Tainoceratidae
Genus: Trachynautilus
Mojsisovics, 1902

Trachynautilus is a member of the Tainoceratidae, named by Mojsisovics in 1902, with longitudial ridges on the flanks of its high-arched involute shell. Phloiocedas from the Upper Triassic of North America is similar except that its venter also has longitudinal ridges. Trachynautilus from the middle and Upper Triassic of Europe has a smooth venter.


  • Bernhard Kummerl, 1964. Nautiloidea-Nautilida. Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontololgy Part K. Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.