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Boavus occidentalis Marsh 1871 (boa)

Reptilia - Squamata - Boidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 68100

Synonym: Boavus agilis Marsh 1871 (taxon 84422)

Full reference: O. C. Marsh. 1871. Description of some new fossil serpents, from the Tertiary deposits of Wyoming. The American Journal of Science and Arts, series 3 1(5):322-329

Belongs to Boavus according to O. P. Hay 1902

Sister taxa: Boavus affinis, Boavus brevis, Boavus idelmani

Type specimens:

  • Boavus occidentalis: PMNH 511, a set of vertebrae (single dorsal vertebra). Its type locality is Grizzly Buttes, which is in a Bridgerian terrestrial horizon in the Bridger Formation of Wyoming.
  • Boavus agilis: YPM 2765, 2766 and 467, a set of vertebrae (Supposedly five vertebrae, but only four recovered (three specimen no.s)). Its type locality is Grizzly Buttes, which is in a Bridgerian terrestrial horizon in the Bridger Formation of Wyoming.

Ecology: scansorial carnivore