Placodus gigas Agassiz 1833 (placodont)

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Placodontidae

Synonyms: Anomosaurus strunzi Huene 1905, Omphalosaurus peyeri Maisch and Lehmann 2002, Placodus antiquior Pinna 1990, Placodus hypsicephalus Meyer 1863, Placodus hypsiceps Meyer 1863, Placodus quinmolaris Braun 1863

Belongs to Placodus according to O. Rieppel 1995

See also Maisch 2010, Owen 1861, Rieppel 1994 and Wintrich et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Placodus aethiops, Placodus andriani, Placodus angustus, Placodus bathygnathus, Placodus bombidens, Placodus duplicatus, Placodus gracilis, Placodus impressus, Placodus inexpectatus, Placodus pachygnathus, Placodus rugosus

Type specimens:

  • Placodus gigas: BSP AS VII 1208, a partial skull
  • Anomosaurus strunzi:
  • Omphalosaurus peyeri: GSUB V 1427, a maxilla. Its type locality is Rüdersdorf, near Berlin (Schaumkalk), which is in an Anisian marine horizon in the Jena Formation of Germany.
  • Placodus antiquior: Ha uncatalogued, a skull. Its type locality is Freyburg, which is in an Anisian marine horizon in the Jena Formation of Germany.
  • Placodus hypsiceps: BT uncatalogued, a partial skull.
  • Placodus quinmolaris: BT uncatalogued.

Ecology: slow-moving amphibious durophage

Distribution:

• Triassic of Germany (18 collections), Italy (1), Poland (2)

Total: 21 collections each including a single occurrence

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