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Meiolania mackayi

Reptilia - Meiolaniidae

Taxonomy
Meiolania mackayi was named by Anderson (1925). Its type specimen is AM F17720, a partial skull (left B horn core), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Walpole Island, which is in a Pleistocene terrestrial phosphorite in New Caledonia.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1925Meiolania mackayi Anderson p. 224
2015Meiolania mackayi Rhodin et al.
2015Meiolania mackayi Sterli p. 38

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
RankNameAuthor
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
Testudinata(Oppel 1811)
Perichelydia
Meiolaniformes
familyMeiolaniidaeLydekker 1887
genusMeiolania
speciesmackayi

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. Sterli 2015Meiolania mackayi is diagnosed as a meiolaniid by the presence of horns in the squamosal and as a member of the clade Meiolania by the presence of recurved B horn cores. Meiolania mackayi is differentiated from Me. platyceps by the presence of a narrower horn core B, more gracile limb bones and a 30% smaller relative size.