Zetoceras

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Zetoceras
Temporal range: Sinemurian–Bajocian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Ammonoidea
Order: Ammonitida
Family: Phylloceratidae
Subfamily: Phylloceratinae
Genus: Zetoceras
Kovacs, 1939

Zetoceras is an extinct ammonoid cephalopod genus from the suborder Phylloceratina that lived during the Early and Middle Jurassic in what is now Europe, and is included in the (family) Phylloceratidae.[1]

Zetoceras has a compressed involute shell with a very small umbilicus. The suture is phylloid, as for the suborder,with tall primary sutural elements. Saddles commonly have tetraphyllic endings.[1] Zetoceras is considered by some (Wright et al, 1996) to be a sugenus of Phylloceras. The two are very similar except that the saddle endings in Phylloceras split in three rather than in four as in Zetoceras.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Arkell, W.J.; Kummel, B.; Wright, C.W. (1957). Mesozoic Ammonoidea. Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part L, Mollusca 4. Lawrence, Kansas: Geological Society of America and University of Kansas Press.