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Dermochelyidae (leatherback)

Reptilia - Testudines - Dermochelyidae

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1889Dermochelyidae Lydekker
1890Dermochelydidae Zittel p. 517
1893Dermochelyidae Baur p. 673
1937Chelonia californiensis Gilmore figs. 1, 6; Plate 14
1975Dermochelyidae Gaffney p. 429
1981Dermochelidae Thurmond and Jones p. 135
1988Dermochelyidae Carroll
1988Dermochelyidae Weems p. 141 figs. Table 2
1992Dermochelyidae Dodd, Jr. and Morgan p. 3
1995Dermochelyidae Hirayama p. 3
1995Dermochelyidae Köhler
1995Dermochelyidae de la Fuente et al.
1996Dermochelyidae Frank and Ramus
1996Dermochelyidae Hirayama and Chitoku p. 598
1998Dermochelyidae Hirayama
1998Dermochelyidae Hirayama and Hikida p. 70
2004Dermochelyidae Joyce et al.
2006Dermochelyidae Parmley et al. p. 345
2007Dermochelyidae Karl p. 52
2007Dermochelyidae Karl and Tichy
2014Dermochelyidae van Dijk et al.

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
RankNameAuthor
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
Testudinata(Oppel 1811)
orderTestudinesBatsch 1788
PancryptodiraJoyce et al. 2004
superfamilyChelonioidea
familyDermochelyidaeLydekker 1889
familyDermochelyidaeLydekker 1889

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
No diagnoses are available
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: phosphaticsubp
Environment: marinef
Locomotion: actively mobilec
Life habit: aquaticf
Diet: durophagef
Diet 2: piscivoref
Reproduction: oviparousf
Comments: life habit and diet based on Uetz 2005f
Created: 2005-08-26 14:29:38
Modified: 2005-08-26 16:29:38
Source: f = family, c = class, subp = subphylum
References: Kiessling 2004, Uetz 2005, Carroll 1988, Hendy et al. 2009

Age range: base of the Late/Upper Campanian to the top of the Late/Upper Hemphillian or 83.50000 to 4.90000 Ma

Collections (67 total)


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Campanian83.6 - 72.1Japan (Nakagawa) Mesodermochelys sp. (188484)
Early/Lower Campanian83.5 - 70.6USA (California) Dermochelyidae indet. (137837)
Early/Lower Campanian83.5 - 70.6Japan (Hokkaido) Mesodermochelys undulatus (152095)
Late/Upper Campanian - Early/Lower Maastrichtian83.5 - 66.0Kazakhstan (Kustanai) Turgaiscapha kushmurunica (154180)
Early/Lower Maastrichtian70.6 - 66.0Japan (Hokkaido) Mesodermochelys undulatus (129271 129272 129273 129274 129275 129276 129277 129278)
Early/Lower Maastrichtian70.6 - 66.0Chile (Santiago) Dermochelyidae indet. (132352)
Thanetian59.2 - 56.0USA (New Jersey) Lembonax insularis (123512)
Late/Upper Paleocene58.7 - 55.8USA (Virginia) Eosphargis insularis (167192)
Late/Upper Paleocene - Early/Lower Eocene58.7 - 48.6Saudi Arabia Dermochelyidae indet. (37182)
Ypresian56.0 - 47.8Denmark Egyptemys eocaenus (84460) Eosphargis breineri (196472)
Ypresian56.0 - 47.8Antarctica Dermochelyidae indet. (61094) Psephophorus sp. (100414)
Ypresian56.0 - 47.8Belgium (Brabant) Eosphargis gigas (188444)
Ypresian56.0 - 47.8United Kingdom (England) Anglocetus beatsoni (13299) Chelone gigas (167274)
Ypresian56.0 - 47.8Antarctica (Seymour Island) Psephophorus sp. (31173)
Wasatchian55.8 - 50.3USA (Virginia) Eosphargis gigas (15595)
Early/Lower Eocene55.8 - 48.6USA (Maryland ) Eosphargis gigas (124192)
Early/Lower Eocene - Middle Eocene55.8 - 37.2Denmark Egyptemys eocaenus (167718)
Middle Eocene48.6 - 37.2Ukraine (Crimea) Dermochelyidae indet. (140018)
Lutetian - Bartonian47.8 - 38.0Antarctica (Seymour Island) Psephophorus sp., Dermochelyidae indet. (53666)
Bortonian43.0 - 37.2New Zealand Psephophorus terrypratchetti (167710 167712)
Bortonian - Kaiatan43.0 - 36.0New Zealand Psephophorus terrypratchetti (167711)
Bartonian41.3 - 38.0Nigeria Cosmochelys dolloi (32906)
Bartonian41.3 - 38.0New Zealand Psephophorus terrypratchetti (167345)
Bartonian41.3 - 38.0Western Sahara Dermochelyidae indet. (175734)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9USA (Georgia) Dermochelyidae indet. (45640)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9Western Sahara Egyptemys sp. (159113)
Priabonian38.0 - 33.9Egypt Psephophorus eocenus (79700)
Late/Upper Eocene37.2 - 33.9Egypt Psephophorus eocaenus (62468)
MP 2233.9 - 28.4Germany Psephophorus rupeliensis (46097)
Rupelian33.9 - 28.1Belgium Psephophorus rupeliensis (89429)
Rupelian33.9 - 28.1Belgium (Antwerpen) Psephophorus rupeliensis (52047)
Rupelian33.9 - 28.1USA (South Carolina) Psephophorus sp. (45777)
Late/Upper Oligocene28.4 - 23.03Peru (Ica) Natemys peruvianus (189536)
Chattian28.1 - 23.03USA (California) Psephophorus calvertensis (11601)
Chattian28.1 - 23.03Germany Psephophorus sp. (57119)
Chattian28.1 - 23.03Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen) Psephophorus sp. (37598)
Burdigalian20.44 - 15.97Peru Dermochelyidae indet. (167732)
Burdigalian20.44 - 15.97Argentina (Chubut) Dermochelyidae indet. (45886)
Burdigalian20.44 - 15.97USA (Oregon) Psephophorus oregonensis (60339)
Burdigalian - Messinian20.44 - 5.333Italy (Apulia) Psephophorus polygonus (47125)
Langhian15.97 - 13.82Mexico (Baja California) Dermochelidae sp. (52183)
Langhian15.97 - 13.82USA (California) Chelonia californiensis (13297) Dermochelyidae sp., Chelonia californiensis (59059)
Langhian15.97 - 13.82USA (Virginia) Psephophorus calvertensis (79793) Psephophorus sp. (57700)
Langhian - Serravallian15.97 - 11.62Italy (Benevento) Psephophorus sp. (190853)
Serravallian13.82 - 11.62USA (California) Psephophorus indet. (46069)
Serravallian13.82 - 11.62Germany Dermochelyidae indet. (46114)
Badenian13.65 - 12.7Slovakia Psephophorus polygonus (73137)
Tortonian11.62 - 7.246USA (Virginia) Psephophorus calvertensis (152251)
Tortonian11.62 - 7.246USA (California) Psephophorus sp. (168017)
Tortonian11.62 - 7.246Denmark (Jutland) Psephophorus sp. (34521)
Late/Upper Miocene - Early/Lower Pliocene11.608 - 3.6USA (California) Psephophorus sp. (55448)
Late/Upper Hemphillian10.3 - 4.9USA (Florida) Psephophorus sp. (67804)
Zanclean5.333 - 3.6USA (North Carolina) Psephophorus sp. (52582)
Pliocene5.333 - 2.588France (Hérault) Psephophorus pseudostracion (181660)