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Microcleidus brachypterygius Huene 1923 (plesiosaur)

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Microcleididae

PaleoDB taxon number: 234403

Alternative combinations: Hydrorion brachypterygius, Plesiosaurus brachypterygius

Full reference: F. v. Huene. 1923. Ein neuer Plesiosaurier aus dem oberen Lias Württembergs. Jahreshefte des Vereins für Vaterländische Naturkunde in Württemberg 79:3-23

Belongs to Microcleidus according to R. B. J. Benson et al. 2012

Sister taxa: Microcleidus homalospondylus, Microcleidus macropterus, Microcleidus tournemirensis

Type specimen: GPIT ⁄ 477 ⁄ 1 ⁄ 1, a skeleton. Its type locality is Holzmaden, Quarry 29 (=Steinbruch 29), Ohmden; Lias epsilon II, 4, which is in a Falciferum offshore shale in the Posidonia Shale Formation of Germany.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore