Mosasaurus hoffmanni Mantell 1829 (mosasaur)

Reptilia - Squamata - Mosasauridae

Synonyms: Mosasaurus belgicus Holl 1829, Mosasaurus camperi Meyer 1832, Mosasaurus fulciatus Cope 1870, Mosasaurus maximus Cope 1869, Mosasaurus oarthrus Cope 1870, Mosasaurus princeps Marsh 1869

Belongs to Mosasaurus according to F. Fanti et al. 2014

See also Cope 1869, Cope 1870, Gallagher et al. 2005, Gervais 1859, Gibbes 1851, Harrell and Martin 2015, Hay 1902, Holl 1829, Lingham-Soliar 1995, Marsh 1869, Mateus et al. 2012, Owen 1842, Quenstedt 1856, Russell 1967 and Swinton 1934

Sister taxa: Mosasaurus beaugei, Mosasaurus caroliniensis, Mosasaurus conodon, Mosasaurus couperi, Mosasaurus dekayi, Mosasaurus gracilis, Mosasaurus grosjeani, Mosasaurus hobetsuensis, Mosasaurus iembeensis, Mosasaurus impar, Mosasaurus lemonnieri, Mosasaurus lonzeensis, Mosasaurus mangahouangae, Mosasaurus maximilliani, Mosasaurus minor, Mosasaurus missouriensis, Mosasaurus mokoroa, Macrosaurus validus, Nectoportheus validus

Subtaxa: Mosasaurus hoffmanni ivoensis

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Type specimens:

  • Mosasaurus hoffmanni: MNHN AC 9648, a skull (Partial cranium). Its type locality is ENCI-Maastricht B.V. quarry (Nekum), which is in a Maastrichtian shallow subtidal chalk in the Maastricht Formation of the Netherlands.
  • Mosasaurus belgicus:
  • Mosasaurus camperi:
  • Mosasaurus fulciatus:
  • Mosasaurus maximus: AMNH 1389, a partial skeleton.
  • Mosasaurus oarthrus: Its type locality is West Jersey Marl Company's Pit, Barnsboro, which is in a Maastrichtian terrestrial sandstone/marl in the New Egypt Formation of New Jersey.
  • Mosasaurus princeps: Its type locality is Hornerstown area (Hornerstown Fm.) (PROXY), which is in a Maastrichtian marginal marine marl in the Hornerstown Formation of New Jersey.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore


• Cretaceous of Angola (1 collection), Belgium (2), Bulgaria (1), Denmark (1), Italy (2), Jordan (1), the Netherlands (2), Poland (3), Turkey (1), United States (2: Missouri, South Dakota)

Total: 16 collections each including a single occurrence

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