Taxa named by a Dutch paleontologist Egbert Cornelis Nicolaas van Hoepen (November 10, 1884 – May 2, 1966). Around the age of six he moved with his parents to South Africa. When British forces occupied Pretoria in 1900 he was deported to the Netherlands, where he took classes and qualified as a mining engineer at the technical university in Delft. He later received his doctorate with a thesis on the structure of the Silurian strata of Gotland (1910). He then returned to South Africa, where from 1910 to 1921, he worked as a paleontologist at the Transvaal Museum. Within this time period, he focused his attention on fossil reptiles of the Karoo. From 1922 to 1950 he served as director of National Museum in Bloemfontein. He is credited with collecting thousands of invertebrate fossils from the Cretaceous strata of Zululand.

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