In the past, this gastropod was known as Bellerophon (Pharkidonotus). This is due to subgenera naming. In modern gastropod taxonomy, there are several sub and super names in use, including unranked groups that don’t fall into a classic hierarchy. The family Bellerophontidae was named by McCoy in 1852 in the
I have found very little fossilized woody material in the Late Carboniferous strata locally. It most certainly exists, I just haven’t been lucky enough to recover any. That changed yesterday with the recovery of a fossilized taproot. The specimen was found in-situ in shale immediately above the Pine Creek limestone.