Mesosaurus tenuidens Gervais 1865 (amniote)

Osteichthyes - Sauropsida - Mesosauridae

Synonyms: Ditrochosaurus capensis Gürich 1889, Mesosaurus brasiliensis Mac Gregor 1908, Mesosaurus braziliensis Mac Gregor 1908, Mesosaurus capensis Gürich 1889

Full reference: P. Gervais. 1865. Description du Mesosaurus tenudiens. Reptile fossile de l'Afrique australe. Académie des Sciences et Lettres de Montpellier. Mémoires de la Section des Sciences 6(2):169-175

Belongs to Mesosaurus according to H.-V. Karl et al. 2007

See also Broom 1905, Broom 1908, Gervais 1865, Gervais 1869, Gürich 1889, Lydekker 1889, Modesto 2010, Oelofsen and Araujo 1987, Rossmann 2000, Rossmann 2002, Rossmann and Maisch 1999, Seeley 1892 and Stromer 1914

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Mesosaurus tenuidens: MNHN 1865-77, a partial skeleton (anterior trunk and skull)
  • Ditrochosaurus capensis: Its type locality is Hopetown, near intersection of Orange River and Cape Town-Kimberley railroad, which is in an Artinskian offshore shale in the ? Whitehill Formation of South Africa.
  • Mesosaurus brasiliensis: a series of syntypes in the AMNH. Its type locality is Irati station, which is in an Artinskian offshore shale in the Irati Formation of Brazil.

Ecology: amphibious piscivore


• Permian of Brazil (8 collections), Namibia (5), South Africa (3)

Total: 16 collections including 18 occurrences

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