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Deinogalerix koenigswaldi

Mammalia - Lipotyphla - Erinaceidae

Taxonomy
Deinogalerix koenigswaldi was named by Freudenthal (1972). It is not extant. Its type specimen is RGM 177777-177884, a skeleton (Larger part of skeleton incl. skull). Its type locality is San Giovannino, which is in a Vallesian/Turolian fissure fill horizon in Italy.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1972Deinogalerix koenigswaldi Freudenthal
1980Deinogalerix koenigswaldi Butler p. 42
2017Deinogalerix koenigswaldi Savorelli et al. p. 7

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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
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
subclassTribosphenida()
infraclassEutheria()
Placentalia
orderLipotyphlaHaeckel 1866
familyErinaceidaeFischer von Waldheim 1817
subfamilyGalericinaePomel 1848
genusDeinogalerix
specieskoenigswaldi

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
M. Freudenthal 1972Galericine of gigantic proportions, with diastems between the premolars. The frontal part of the skull is much elongated, the skull itself very long in comparison to the body. Deinogalerix koenigswaldi is the type species. Skull length over 20 cm.
P. M. Butler 1980The largest species of the genus: in the holotype P3-M3=45 mm, M1 measures 10.0 x 12.7 mm, and p3-m3 = 53 mm. Face anterior to P3 and symphyseal part of mandible markedly lengthened; teeth between the canines and third premolars widely spaced; angular process enlarged at its distal end due to the deposition of bone on its ventral surface, and projecting laterally, markedly out of plane from the rest of the jaw.