Family Rhincodontidae Müller and Henle 1839 (whale shark)

Chondrichthyes - Orectolobiformes - Rhincodontidae

Parent taxon: Orectolobiformes according to B. W. Kent 2018

See also Cicimurri and Knight 2009 and Purdy et al. 2001

Sister taxa: Acanthoscyllium, Akaimia, Almascyllium, Annea, Brachaeluridae, Brachaelurus, Cretorectolobus, Crossorhinidae, Dorsetoscyllium, Eostegostoma, Ginglymostomatidae, Hemiscylliidae, Heterophorcynus, Mesiteia, Orectolobidae, Orectoloboides, Orectolobus, Ornatoscyllium, Palaeobrachaelurus, Pararhincodon, Parascylliidae

Subtaxa: Palaeorhincodon Rhincodon

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Ecology: nektonic suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (1: South Carolina collection)

• Miocene of Costa Rica (1), United States (2: Delaware, North Carolina)

• Oligocene of United States (1: South Carolina)

• Eocene of the United Kingdom (4), United States (1: Virginia), Uzbekistan (1)

• Jurassic of Germany (1)

Total: 12 collections each including a single occurrence

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