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Re: New name for Megalosaurus hesperis
David Marjanovic wrote:
> Haven't Pterodactyloidea and Rhamphorhynchoidea been
> used as suborders since, like, forever?
Probably even longer than that. However, Rhamphorhynchoidea tends not to be
used these days, given that this "suborder" of long-tailed pterosaurs is
As for Pterodactyloidea and Pterodactylidae, I don't believe these are
coordinate taxa, given that their attributions are usually given as Plieninger
and von Meyer, respectively. Pterodactylidae must be tied to _Pterodactylus_,
but Pterodactyloidea is not coordinate with Pterodactylidae (apparently), as
will not have _Pterodactylus_ as its type genus.
In any case, I haven't seen the taxon name Pterodactylidae used in recent
phylogenies. I have seen "superfamilies" assigned to Pterodactyloidea, such as
Ctenochasmatoidea, Azhdarchoidea and Dsungaripteroidea; these are certainly
coordinate family-level taxa which are tied to their respective families and
genera. But this appears *not* to be the case for the "suborder"