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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Spiralia
Cladus: Lophotrochozoa
Phylum: Mollusca
Classis: Cephalopoda
Subclassis: † Ammonoidea
Ordo: † Ammonitida
Subordo: Ammonitina
Superfamilia: Acanthocerataceae
Familia: Acanthoceratidae
Subfamiliae: Acanthoceratinae
Genus: Cunningtoniceras

Cunningtoniceras Collignon, 1937

The Paleobiology Database Accessed on 12/12/08

Cunningtoniceras is a stocky acanthoceratid ammonite from the upper Cenomanian stage of the late Cretaceous of the western U.S., found e.g. in Arizona and New Mexico.

Cunningtoniceras was proposed by Maurice Collignon, 1927, for ribbed, evolute ammonites having a quadrangular whorl section; umbilical, inner and outer ventrolateral, and siphonal (i.e. mid-ventral) tubercles; a venter with a multiplication of ribs and tubercles, or one or the other. Ornament weakens with age except for the inner ventrolateral tubercles, which enlargen.

Cobban, Hook & Kennedy, 1989, distinguish Cunningtoniceras Collignon from Euomphaloceras Spath 1923, the two having been previously regarded as synonymous. In fact Cunningtoniceras is described in the Treatise L, 1957 as a synonym of Euomphaloceras, noted as having three rows of small tubercles on a broad flat venter.

Although Cunningtonicaras and Euomphaloceras share many characters, both belonging to the Acanthoceratidae, they are distinguished by the nature of the first lateral lobe of their respective sutures. The first lateral lobe of species ultimately assigned to Cunningtonicaras are narrow and bifid, contrasting with the broad and deeply bifid lobes of Euomphalooceras.

W.J. Arkell et al., 1957. Mesozoic Ammonoidea; Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part L. Geological Society of America, R.C. Moore (ed).
W.A. Cobban, S.C. Hook & W.J.Kennedy, 1989. Upper Cretaceous rocks and ammonite faunas of southwestern New Mexico. Memoir 45, New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources.

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