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Hodzhakulia magna

Reptilia - Squamata

Taxonomy
Hodzhakulia magna was named by Nessov (1985). Its type specimen is TsNIGR 30/12000, a maxilla (incomplete right maxilla with five teeth, broken bases of one and a space for another), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is SH-20, Khodzhakul, which is in a Cenomanian terrestrial sandstone/claystone in the Khodzhakul Formation of Uzbekistan. It is the type species of Hodzhakulia.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1985Hodzhakulia magna Nessov p. 208 figs. Pl. 1:4-6, 2:15
1998Hodzhakulia magna Gao and Nessov

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
RankNameAuthor
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Lepidosauromorpha(Benton 1983)
superorderLepidosauria()
orderSquamata
infraorderAmphisbaeniaGray 1844
genusHodzhakulia
speciesmagna

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. -Q. Gao and L. A. Nessov 1998Hodzhakulia magna is distinguished from non-amphisbaenian squamates by a suite of derived character states: maxilla and dentary short and deep, with no more than ten tooth positions; subdental shelf lost; marginal teeth replaced posteromedially with small resorption pits present; great reduction of splenial. Distinguished from oligodontosaurids in having high-crowned marginal teeth and open Meckelian canal; and distinguished from rhineurids and other known fossil and living amphisbaenids by having blunt, chisel-like tooth crowns, weak mandibular symphysis, and retention of splenial
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: phosphaticsubp
Environment: terrestrialinfrao
Locomotion: actively mobilec
Life habit: fossorialinfrao
Diet: insectivoreinfrao
Created: 2005-09-16 14:12:18
Modified: 2005-09-16 16:12:18
Source: infrao = infraorder, c = class, subp = subphylum
References: Pianka and Vitt 2003, Carroll 1988, Hendy et al. 2009

Age range: Early/Lower Cenomanian or 99.60000 to 93.50000 Ma

Collections: one only


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Early/Lower Cenomanian99.6 - 93.5Uzbekistan (Navoi) Hodzhakulia magna (type locality: 58208)