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Leptocleidus capensis

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Leptocleididae

Taxonomy
Plesiosaurus capensis was named by Andrews (1911). Its type specimen is SAM-PK 5822, a partial skeleton (Skull and various postcrania), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Picnic Bush, Swartkops River, which is in a Valanginian lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal lime mudstone in the Sundays River Formation of South Africa.

It was recombined as Peyerus capensis by Andrews (1911), Stromer (1935) and Welles (1962); it was recombined as Leptocleidus capensis by Andrews (1922), Persson (1963), Cruickshank (1997) and O'Keefe (2001).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1911Peyerus capensis Andrews
1911Plesiosaurus capensis Andrews p. 311
1922Leptocleidus capensis Andrews p. 296
1935Peyerus capensis Stromer p. 44
1962Peyerus capensis Welles p. 41
1963Leptocleidus capensis Persson p. 19
1997Leptocleidus capensis Cruickshank pp. 210-211
2001Leptocleidus capensis O'Keefe p. 12

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
RankNameAuthor
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
orderSauropterygia
Pistosauria(Baur 1890)
Plesiosauria(de Blainville 1835)
superfamilyPlesiosauroideaWelles 1943
Cryptoclidia
Xenopsaria
Leptocleidia
familyLeptocleididae
genusLeptocleidus
speciescapensis()

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
No diagnoses are available