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Batrachopus gracilis Hitchcock 1845 (archosaur)

Reptilia - Pseudosuchia - Batrachopodidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 68012

Alternative combinations: Anisichnus gracilis, Anisopus gracilis

Synonyms: Anisichnus gracilior Hitchcock 1862 (no. 156098), Anisopus gracilior Hitchcock 1862 (no. 68013), Batrachopus (Anisopus) gracilior Hitchcock 1862 (no. 308095), Batrachopus gracilior Hitchcock 1862 (no. 68014), Shepardia palmipes Hitchcock 1858 (no. 66098)

Full reference: E. Hitchcock. 1845. An attempt to name, classify, and describe, the animals that made the fossil footmarks of New England. Sixth Annual Meeeting of the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists, New Haven, CT. Abstract and Proceedings 23-25

Belongs to Batrachopus according to E. C. Rainforth 2007

Sister taxa: Batrachopus argentina, Batrachopus bakoenaorum, Batrachopus bellus, Batrachopus deweyi, Batrachopus dispar, Batrachopus gilberti, Batrachopus pilosus, Batrachopus rugosus, Batrachopus supersaltator, Batrachopus tenuis, Batrachopus varians, Palamopus anomalus, Palamopus divaricans, Comptichnus moorosi, Chelonoides wittei, Chelonoides robusta, Orthodactylus howelli

Type specimens:

  • Batrachopus gracilis: AC 42/3, a footprint
  • Batrachopus gracilior: AC 46/3, a footprint. Its type locality is Lily Pond Quarry, Gill, which is in a Hettangian fluvial-lacustrine shale/sandstone in the Turners Falls Formation of Massachusetts.
  • Shepardia palmipes: AM 1413, a footprint. Its type locality is below Turners Falls, tracksite, which is in a Hettangian/Sinemurian fluvial-lacustrine sandstone/shale in the Portland Formation of Massachusetts.

Ecology: herbivore