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Neuquensaurus australis Lydekker 1893 (saltasaurine)

Reptilia - Saurischia - Saltasauridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 64315

Alternative combinations: Saltasaurus australis, Titanosaurus australis

Synonym: Loricosaurus scutatus Huene 1929 (taxon 53388)

Full reference: R. Lydekker. 1893. Contributions to a knowledge of the fossil vertebrates of Argentina. I. — The dinosaurs of Patagonia. Anales del Museo de La Plata. Paleontología Argentina 2:1-16

Belongs to Neuquensaurus according to M. D'Emic et al. 2011

Sister taxa: Neuquensaurus robustus, Microcoelus patagonicus

Type specimens:

  • Neuquensaurus australis: MLP Ly 1-6 (= MLP 77-V-28-1), a set of postcrania. Its type locality is Sierra Roca, Río Neuquen, which is in a Santonian terrestrial sandstone in the Bajo de la Carpa Formation of Argentina.
  • Loricosaurus scutatus: MLP.Cs.1210, 1213-1215, 1218-1221, 1226, 1228-1232, 1235, 1237, 1470-1477, 2006, 2010, an osteoderm. Its type locality is canal, Cinco Saltos, which is in a Campanian/Maastrichtian fluvial sandstone in the Allen Formation of Argentina.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore