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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Spiralia
Cladus: Lophotrochozoa
Phylum: Mollusca
Classis: Cephalopoda
Subclassis: † Ammonoidea
Ordo: † Ammonitida
Subordo: † Ancyloceratina
Superfamilia: Ancylocerataceae

Familia: † Crioceratitidae
Genus: † Balearites

Balearites Sarkar, 1954

The Paleobiology Database Accessed on 11/29/08

Balearites is an extinct ancyloceratin genus included in the family Crioceratitidae, subclass Ammonoidea, from the Upper Hauterivian.[2]

The shell, or conch, of Balearites is planispiral; whorls compressed, fairly flat sided, barely in contact (sub-gyroconic); venter (outer rim) rounded; ribs fine, flexuous, branching equally in 2s, 3s, or 4s from weak umbilical tubercles.[citation needed]

Genera assumed to be related include Aegocrioceras, Crioceratites, and Hoplocrioceras.

Species within the genus Balearites include:[2]

Balearites angulicostatiformis Hoedemaker, 2013[3]
Balearites balearis Nolan, 1894
Balearites binelli Astier, 1851
Balearites catulloi Parona, 1898
Balearites ibizensis Wiedmann, 1962
Balearites krenkeli Sarkar, 1955 (= B. montclusensis Wiedmann, 1962)
Balearites labrousseae Sarkar, 1955
Balearites lorioli Dimitrova, 1967
Balearites michalíki Vašíček & Malek, 2017
Balearites mortilleti Pictet & Loriol, 1858
Balearites nolani Sarkar, 1955
Balearites nowaki Sarkar, 1955
Balearites oicasensis Hoedemaker, 2013[3]
Balearites pseudothurmanii Dimitrova, 1967
Balearites rotundatus Sarkar, 1955[3]
Balearites shankariae Sarkar, 1955
Balearites theodomirensis Hoedemaker, 2013[3]


Fossils belonging to this genera were found on localities that are now in Slovakia,[4] Austria,[3] France,[2] Spain,[2] Switzerland,[2] Hungary,[3] Italy,[3] Bulgaria,[3] Russia[3] and Romania.[3]


Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "Sepkoski's Online Genus Database". Retrieved 2014-05-28.
Vermeulen (J.), Lazarin (P.), Lépinay (P.), Leroy (L.), Mascarelli (E.), Meister (C.) & Menkveld-Gfeller (U.), 2012 - Ammonites (Ancyloceratina, Turrilitina) nouvelles ou peu connues de l'Hauterivien supérieur. Annales du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Nice, t. 27, p. 271-318
Hoedemaeker, P. J. "Genus Pseudothurmannia Spath, 1923 and related subgenera Crioceratites (Balearites) Sarkar, 1954 and C.(Binelliceras) Sarkar, 1977 (Lower Cretaceous Ammonoidea)." Rev Paléob 32 (2013): 1-209.

Borza, K., Michalík, J., Gašparíkov, V., & Vašíček, Z. (1984). The biostratigraphy of the Hauterivian/Barremian Boundary Beds in the Krížna Nappe, Western Carpathians (Czechoslovakia). Cretaceous research, 5(4), 349-356.


Arkell, W. J. et al., 1957. Mesozoic Ammonoidea, Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology Part L, Mollusca 4. 1957.

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