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Vectocleidus pastorum

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Leptocleididae

Taxonomy
Vectocleidus pastorum was named by Benson et al. (2013). Its type specimen is MIWG 1997.302, a set of postcrania, and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Shepherds Chine, which is in a Barremian estuary/bay mudstone in the Vectis Formation of the United Kingdom. It is the type species of Vectocleidus.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
2013Vectocleidus pastorum Benson et al. figs. 1-3

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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
genusVectocleidus
speciespastorum

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
ReferenceDiagnosis
R. B. J. Benson et al. 2013Leptocleidid plesiosaurian with autapomorphic dorsal neural spines that are anteroposteriorly short, and successive spines alternate between being transversely compressed, and being expanded to the right. V. pastorum additionally differs from Leptocleidus superstes in having more gracile clavicles and the anterior process of the coracoid is inflected anterolaterally. The posterior cervical centra are shorter anteroposteriorly than high dorsoventrally, differing from Brancasaurus.