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Platypterygius platydactylus Broili 1907 (ichthyosaur)

Ichthyopterygia - Ichthyosauria - Ophthalmosauridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 170923

Alternative combination: Ichthyosaurus platydactylus

Synonym: Ichthyosaurus hercynicus Kuhn 1946 (taxon 268070)

Full reference: F. Broili. 1907. Ein neuer Ichthyosaurus aus der norddeutschen Kreide. Palaeontographica 54:139-162

Belongs to Platypterygius according to M. W. Maisch 2010

Sister taxa: Platypterygius americanus, Platypterygius australis, Platypterygius bedengensis, Platypterygius campylodon, Platypterygius compylodon, Platypterygius hauthali, Platypterygius hercynicus, Platypterygius kiprijanoffi, Platypterygius ochevi, Platypterygius sachicarum, Myobradypterygius mollensis

Type specimens:

  • Platypterygius platydactylus: Its type locality is Ricklinger Moor, Castendamm, which is in an Aptian marine horizon in Germany
  • Ichthyosaurus hercynicus: SMSS, a partial skeleton (Partial skull, vertebral column, partial pectoral girdle, two forefins and parts of the hindfins). Its type locality is Pit "Gitter", Salzgitter, which is in an Aptian marine mudstone in Germany.

Ecology: nektonic carnivore