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Clidastes propython Cope 1869 (mosasaur)

Reptilia - Squamata - Mosasauridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 128703

Synonyms: Clidastes dispar Marsh 1871 (no. 308318), Clidastes medius Merriam 1894 (no. 185936), Clidastes pumilus Marsh 1871 (no. 185934), Clidastes stenops Cope 1871 (no. 362329), Clidastes tortor Cope 1871 (no. 170953), Clidastes velox Marsh 1871 (no. 362349), Clidastes westi Williston and Case 1892 (no. 185937), Clidastes wymani Marsh 1871 (no. 185933), Edestosaurus dispar Marsh 1871 (no. 170950), Edestosaurus rex Marsh 1872 (no. 170949), Edestosaurus stenops Cope 1871 (no. 185935), Edestosaurus tortor Cope 1871 (no. 170952), Edestosaurus velox Marsh 1871 (no. 170951)

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1869. On the reptilian orders Pythonomorpha and Streptosauria. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 12:250-266

Belongs to Clidastes according to F. Fanti et al. 2014

Sister taxa: Clidastes cineriarum, Clidastes intermedius, Clidastes liodontus, Clidastes moorevillensis

Type specimens:

  • Clidastes propython: Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia no. 10193, a skeleton. Its type locality is Uniontown, which is in a Santonian/Maastrichtian marine horizon in Alabama.
  • Clidastes medius:
  • Clidastes pumilus: YPM, a partial skeleton (Portions of the skull and teeth, and several cervical vertebrae).
  • Clidastes westi:
  • Clidastes wymani: YPM, a partial skeleton (Includes a complete tail and at least part of the skull).
  • Edestosaurus dispar:
  • Edestosaurus rex:
  • Edestosaurus stenops:
  • Edestosaurus tortor:
  • Edestosaurus velox:

Ecology: aquatic carnivore