Conocardium

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Conocardium
Temporal range: Late Ordovician-Late Permian
~449.5–252.3 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Rostroconchia
Order: Conocardiida
Family: Conocardiidae
Genus: Conocardium
Bronn 1835
Type species
Cardium aliforme
J. de C. Sowerby 1827[1]

Conocardium is an extinct genus of Rostroconchia. Its shell-mouth grew to be 2–3 inches (51–76 mm) across. It fed on tiny plants and animals in the water. Fossils have been found all over the world from Ordovician to Permian formations.[2]

Species[edit]

The following species have been described:[2]

  • C. acadianum
  • C. aliforme (type)
  • C. altum
  • C. aquisgranense
  • C. armatum
  • C. cresswelli
  • C. decussatum
  • C. denticulatum
  • C. elongatum
  • C. eximum
  • C. ferox
  • C. formosum
  • C. frater
  • C. fusiforme
  • C. gogoensis
  • C. gympiense
  • C. hainense
  • C. immatura
  • C. incarceratum
  • C. inceptum
  • C. inflatum
  • C. longipennis
  • C. lyelli
  • C. nexile
  • C. oehlerti
  • C. philipsii
  • C. plinthinatus
  • C. prunum
  • C. pseudobellum
  • C. regulare
  • C. renardi
  • C. retusum
  • C. richmondense
  • C. securiforme
  • C. sowerbyi
  • C. spinalatum
  • C. tripartitum
  • C. truncata
  • C. truncatum
  • C. uralicum
  • C. ventriculosum
  • C. villmarense

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dinosaurs to Dodos: An Encyclopedia of Extinct Animals by Don Lessem and Jan Sovak
  • Parker, Steve. Dinosaurus: the complete guide to dinosaurs. Firefly Books Inc, 2003. Pg. 40