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Megalodon

Bivalvia - Megalodontida - Megalodontidae

Taxonomy
Megalodon was named by Sowerby (1827) [Sepkoski's age data: S Ldov Tr u Sepkoski's reference number: 1066 NOTE: There might be a fish genus by Agassiz with this name, too.]. Its type is Megalodon cucullatus.

It was assigned to Hippuritoida by Sepkoski (2002); and to Megalodontidae by Kiessling (2003).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1827Megalodon Sowerby p. 132
2002Megalodon Sepkoski, Jr.
2003Megalodon Kiessling

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Bilateria
EubilateriaAx 1987
Protostomia
Spiralia
Schizocoela
phylumMollusca
classBivalvia
Eubivalvia
subclassAutobranchia(Groblen 1894)
RankNameAuthor
infraclassHeteroconchia(Cox 1960)
CardiomorphiFerussac 1822
CardioniFerussac 1822
CardiidiaFerussac 1822
CardiataFerussac 1822
superorderCardiiformiiFerussac 1822
orderMegalodontidaStarobogatov 1992
superfamilyMegalodontoidea(Morris 1853)
familyMegalodontidaeMorris 1853
genusMegalodon

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