Haplopleuroceras

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Haplopleuroceras
Temporal range: Lower to Middle BajocianBajocian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ammonitida
Family: Sonniniidae
Genus: Haplopleuroceras
Buckman, 1892

Haplopleuroceras is a Middle Jurassic ammonite and likely member of the Hildoceratacean family Sonniniidae with which it shares the same sort of ribbing.

Haplopleuoceras has a small, strongly ribbed, evolute shell of about 212 volutions. Whorl section is subquadrate, slightly compressed, flanks slightly convex, venter rounded. Ribs are undivided, smooth, moderately concave, and slope forward on the ventro-lateral region to form chevrons pointing toward the aperture. The venter on the outer rim is bisected by a rounded keel bordered by distincct but shallow grooves, interrupting the ribbing in the middle of the chevrons.

Haplopleuroceras shares its simple undivided ribbing with the contemporary Sonniniidae in which it probably belongs (e.g. Treatise L, 1957) although others since then (e.g. Donovan et al. 1981) have removed it to the Hammitoceratidae. The Hammitoceratidae, the oldest of which predate the Sonniniidae so as to be their most likely predecessors, are however characterized by primary and secondary ribs which bifurcate on the flanks and cross the venter, often transversely.

References[edit]

  • Arkell, et al., 1957. Mesozoic Ammonoidea, in Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, (Part L); Geological Soc. of America and University of Kansas press.
  • Donovan, Callomon and Howarth 1981 Classification of the Jurassic Ammonitina; Systematics Association. [1]