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Metoposaurus diagnosticus

- Metoposauridae

Taxonomy
Metopias diagnosticus was named by Meyer (1842). Its type specimen is SMNS 10825, a partial skull (Partial skull), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Feuerbacher Heide, which is in a Carnian channel sandstone/sandstone in the Stuttgart Formation of Germany. It is the type species of Metoposaurus, Metopias.

It was recombined as Labyrinthodon diagnosticus by Owen (1861); it was recombined as Metoposaurus diagnosticus by von Meyer (1842), Chowdhury (1965), Sulej (2002), Milner and Schoch (2004) and Sulej (2007).

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1842Metopias diagnosticus Meyer
1842Metoposaurus diagnosticus von Meyer
1861Labyrinthodon diagnosticus Owen p. 216
1913Metopias stuttgartensis Fraas
1913Metoposaurus stuttgartiensis Fraas
1913Metopias santaecrucis Koken
1932Metoposaurus heimi Kuhn
1965Metoposaurus diagnosticus Chowdhury p. 42
2002Metoposaurus diagnosticus Sulej p. 545
2004Metoposaurus diagnosticus Milner and Schoch
2007Metoposaurus diagnosticus Sulej

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
RankNameAuthor
Temnospondyli()
Eutemnospondyli
Rhachitomi()
Eryopiformes
Stereospondylomorpha
Stereospondyli()
Trematosauria
superfamilyTrematosauroidea
familyMetoposauridae
genusMetoposaurusLydekker 1890
speciesdiagnosticus(Meyer 1842)

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
T. Sulej 2007In majority of skulls, the anterior top of the lacrimal closer to nares than the top of the prefrontal; the interclavicle with posterior part longer than in Metoposaurus maleriensis and the “centre” of sculpture consisted of isometric pits smaller; the glenoid of scapula directed more posteriorly than in M. maleriensis."