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Temporal range: Middle Triassic (Carnian)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ceratitida
Superfamily: Tropitaceae
Family: Juvavitidae
Genus: Bacchites
Smith, 1927

Bacchites is a genus of extinct ammonoid cephalopods belonging to the ceratitid family Juvavitidae.

Bacchites, named by Smith, 1927, has a subspherical shell with the closed umbilicus, the surface of which is almost smooth except for faint transverse ribs, vestigial constrictions, and a faint threadlike keel. The suture is ammonitic. This genus, previously included in the Haloritidae, was removed to the Jovavitidae, established by Tozer, 1971, which is based on the genus Jovites. Both families are included in the Tropicaceae.

Bacchites has been found in upper Middle Triassic (Carnian) age sediments in the Alps, Timor, and California.


  • Arkel et al., Mesozoic Ammonoidea; Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part L, Ammonoidea. Geological Society of America & University of Kansas Press; R. C. Moore (ed)
  • Bacchites -PaleoDB