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Bairdemys thalassica

Reptilia - Testudines

Discussion

Derivatio nominis: From the Greek word thalassa ( sea)

Taxonomy
Bairdemys thalassica was named by Ferreira et al. (2015). Its type specimen is IVIC-P-2908, a partial skull (almost complete skull, lacking the pre-orbital region, the right portion of the skull roof, and the right lateral wall of the fossa temporalis), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is El Miedo Cave, which is in a Miocene shallow subtidal limestone in the Capadare Formation of Venezuela.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2015Bairdemys thalassica Ferreira et al.

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
RankNameAuthor
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
Testudinata(Oppel 1811)
orderTestudinesBatsch 1788
suborderPleurodira
superfamilyPelomedusoidesBroin 1988
superfamilyPodocnemidoidea
Podocnemidae()
subtribeStereogenyina
genusBairdemys
speciesthalassica

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
G. S. Ferreira et al. 2015A Bairdemys with a short midline contact of the pterygoids; a longer basisphenoid-quadrate contact; a more rounded rostral tip of the basisphenoid; dermal scale iv expanding onto the postorbital, quadratojugal, and parietal; and a slitlike opening of the canal containing both foramina nervi hypoglossi signi cantly smaller than the foramen jugulare posterius.