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Brancasaurus brancai

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Leptocleididae

Taxonomy
Brancasaurus brancai was named by Wegner (1914). Its type specimen is GWWU A3.B4 (Geomuseum der Westfaelischen Wilhems-Universitaet, Münster, Germany), a skeleton (Almost complete skeleton with partial skull), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Gerdemann clay pit, Gronau, which is in a Berriasian/Berriasian estuary/bay shale/claystone in the Bückeberg Formation of Germany. It is the type species of Brancasaurus.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1914Brancasaurus brancai Wegner p. 304
1962Brancasaurus brancai Welles p. 3
2001Brancasaurus brancai O'Keefe p. 14

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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
genusBrancasaurusWegner 1914
speciesbrancai

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