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Australodocus bohetii

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Taxonomy
Australodocus bohetii was named by Remes (2007). Its type specimen is HMN MB.R.2455 [G 70], a set of vertebrae, and it is not a trace fossil. Its type locality is Tendaguru quarry G, which is in a Tithonian estuary/bay marl in the Tendaguru Formation of Tanzania. It is the type species of Australodocus.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2007Australodocus bohetii Remes p. 655
2009Australodocus bohetii Remes p. 26
2011Australodocus bohetii Whitlock
2012Australodocus bohetii D'Emic
2012Australodocus bohetii Ibiricu et al. p. 227
2013Australodocus bohetii Tschopp and Mateus p. 871

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
RankNameAuthor
Archosauromorpha(Huene 1946)
Crocopoda
ArchosauriformesGauthier 1986
Eucrocopoda
Archosauria()
informalAvemetatarsalia
Ornithodira
Dinosauromorpha
Dinosauriformes
Dinosauria()
Saurischia()
Eusaurischia
Sauropodomorpha(Huene 1932)
Massopoda
Sauropodiformes
Sauropoda()
Eusauropoda
Neosauropoda
Macronaria
Titanosauriformes
Somphospondyli
Titanosauria
genusAustralodocus
speciesbohetii

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
ReferenceDiagnosis
K. Remes 2007Diplodocid sauropod with cervical pleurocoel weakly developed; ridge posterolateral to anterior condyle strongly posteroventrally inclined; anteriorly facing triangular pneumatic cavity ventral to prezygapophysis, enclosed by the lateral ramus of the centroprezygapophyseal lamina and an anteriorly extended prezygodiapophyseal lamina; prominent prezygapophyseal process pointed, laterally keeled and reaching further anterior than the prezygapophysis. Additionally, Australodocus differs from other diplodocids in the combination of following traits: mid-cervical centra moderately elongate (Elongation Index < 4Æ1); pleurocentral lamina widened to form a shelf; parapophyses broad and robust; neural arch deep relative to centrum height; lateral ramus of centroprezygapophyseal lamina pillar-like.
J. A. Whitlock 2011Titanosauriform sauropod characterized by the following combination of characters: bifurcate mid-cervical neural spines, a robust accessory anterior process of the prezygapophysis, and an anteroventral expansion of the prezygapophyseal–diapophyseal lamina (prdl) in mid-cervical vertebrae, enclosing the lateral margin of an anteriorly-facing, triangular cavity beneath the prezygapophysis.