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Aigialosaurus bucchichi

Reptilia - Squamata - Aigialosauridae

Taxonomy
Opetiosaurus bucchichi was named by Kornhuber (1901). Its type specimen is Vienna museum specimen, a skeleton (Skeleton lacking part of tail), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Between Starigrad and Vrboska, Hvar, which is in a Cenomanian marine limestone in Croatia.

It was synonymized subjectively with Aigialosaurus dalmaticus by Carroll and DeBraga (1992); it was recombined as Aigialosaurus bucchichi by Dutchak and Caldwell (2009).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1901Opetiosaurus bucchichi Kornhuber
2005Opetiosaurus bucchichi Bell and Polcyn p. 189
2009Aigialosaurus bucchichi Dutchak and Caldwell

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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
RankNameAuthor
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Lepidosauromorpha(Benton 1983)
superorderLepidosauria()
orderSquamata
Episquamata
ToxicoferaVidal and Hedges 2005
superfamilyMosasauroidea(Marsh 1880)
familyAigialosauridaeKramberger 1892
genusAigialosaurusKramberger 1892
speciesbucchichi(Kornhuber 1901)

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
A. R. Dutchak and M. W. Caldwell 2009Premaxillary rostrum absent; quadrate tympanic ala with uniform curvature; dentary teeth with conical, recurved tips rapidly expanding to broad cylindrical bases; splenial contacts coronoid at intermandibular hinge; final three or four caudal vertebrae show sharp downward curvature.