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Triturus megacephalus

- Urodela

Taxonomy
Triturus megacephalus was named by Costa (1864). Its type specimen is M 542, a partial skeleton, and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Civita di Pietraroja (upper plattenkalk), which is in an Albian basinal (carbonate) mudstone/wackestone in Italy.

It was recombined as Triton megacephalus by Costa (1864); it was recombined as Albanerpeton megacephalus by Estes (1981), Barbera and Macuglia (1988), Barbera and Macuglia (1991) and Bravi (1994); it was recombined as Celtedens megacephalus by McGowan and Evans (1995), McGowan and Ensom (1997), Gardner (2000), McGowan (2002), Evans and McGowan (2002), Venczel and Gardner (2005) and Gardner and Böhme (2008).

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Synonymy list
YearName and author
1864Triturus megacephalus Costa
1864Triton megacephalus Costa p. 22
1864Triturus megacephalus Costa p. 22
1981Albanerpeton megacephalus Estes
1988Albanerpeton megacephalus Barbera and Macuglia p. 569
1991Albanerpeton megacephalus Barbera and Macuglia p. 421
1994Albanerpeton megacephalus Bravi
1995Celtedens megacephalus McGowan and Evans
1997Celtedens megacephalus McGowan and Ensom p. 113
2000Celtedens megacephalus Gardner pp. 66-67
2002Celtedens megacephalus Evans and McGowan p. 115
2002Celtedens megacephalus McGowan p. 3
2005Celtedens megacephalus Venczel and Gardner
2008Celtedens megacephalus Gardner and Böhme p. 179

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
RankNameAuthor
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Temnospondyli()
Lissamphibia()
Batrachia(Macartney 1802)
Caudata(Scopoli 1777)
familyUrodela()
familySalamandridaeGray 1825
genusTriturusRafinesque 1815
speciesmegacephalus

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
G. J. McGowan 2002As for the genus; the frontal has highly curved orbital margins and a narrower anterior inter-lacrimal width to posterior parietal margin width in comparison with Celtedens ibericus.