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Temporal range: Callovian[2]
Kepplerites japonicus.jpg
Kepplerites japonicus from Japan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ammonitida
Superfamily: Stephanocerataceae
Family: Kosmoceratidae
Genus: Kepplerites [1]
Neumayr & Uhlig, 1892

Kepplerites is a moderately evolute ammonite from the lower Callovian (upper Middle Jurassic) included in the Stephanocerataceae.

Inner whorls are finely ribbed and have a flattened or grooved venter, the outer whorl has a rounded venter with smooth ribs that cross from side to side without interruption.

Kepplerites is assigned to the Kosmoceratidae and to the subfamily Keppleritinae. Gulielmina and Seymourites are closely related genera, sometimes regarded as subgenera of Kepplerites.

Kepplerites was named by Neumayr and Uhlig in 1892. The type species K keppleri is from Germany. This genus has also been found in Alaska, British Columbia, Madagascar, and Russia.

Biostratigraphic significance[edit]

The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) has assigned the First Appearance Datum of the genus Kepplerites as the defining biological marker for the start of the Callovian Stage of the Jurassic, 166.1 ± 1.2 million years ago.


  1. ^ "Paleobiology Database - Kepplerites". Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  2. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Cephalopoda entry)". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 363: 1–560. Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  • Arkell, et al, 1957. Mesozoic Ammonoidea; Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, part L, Ammonoidea. Geological Soc. of America and Univ. Kansas Press.
  • Kepplerites illustrated in jsdammonites [1]