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Pleurikodonta elegans

Bivalvia - Pholadomyida - Megadesmidae

Taxonomy
Astartila (Pleurikodonta) elegans was named by Runnegar (1965). Its type specimen is CPC 5183 and is a mold. Its type locality is BMR B270a, Exmoor Homestead, which is in a Capitanian marine sandstone in the Blenheim Formation of Australia.

It was recombined as Pleurikodonta elegans by Waterhouse (1987).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1965Astartila (Pleurikodonta) elegans Runnegar p. 247 figs. Pl 15, figs 17-19, 21-26
1987Pleurikodonta elegans Waterhouse p. 170 figs. Pl 10, figs 25,26

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Bilateria
EubilateriaAx 1987
Protostomia
Spiralia
Schizocoela
phylumMollusca
classBivalvia
Eubivalvia
subclassAutobranchia(Groblen 1894)
infraclassHeteroconchia(Cox 1960)
RankNameAuthor
CardiomorphiFerussac 1822
CardioniFerussac 1822
CardiidiaFerussac 1822
PoromyataRidewood 1903
orderPholadomyida()
superfamilyEdmondioidea()
familyMegadesmidaeVokes 1967
subfamilyAstartilinaeWaterhouse 1969
genusPleurikodonta()
specieselegans()

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
J. B. Waterhouse 1987Small suboval shells with coarse low costae and well developed growth lamellae ventrally.