†family Leptocleididae White 1940 (plesiosaur)

Reptilia - Sauropterygia - Leptocleididae

Alternative spelling: Leptoclididae

Full reference: T. E. White. 1940. Holotype of Plesiosaurus longirostris Blake and classification of the plesiosaurs. Journal of Paleontology 14(5):451-467

Parent taxon: Leptocleidia according to R. B. J. Benson and P. S. Druckenmiller 2014

See also Ketchum and Benson 2010, Ketchum and Benson 2011, Kuhn 1946, Kuhn 1966 and White 1940

Sister taxon: Polycotylidae

Subtaxa: Brancasaurus Hastanectes Leptocleidus Nichollssaura Umoonasaurus Vectocleidus

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore

Distribution:

• Cretaceous of Australia (6 collections), Canada (1: Alberta), Germany (1), South Africa (1), the United Kingdom (7)

• Jurassic to Cretaceous of Australia (1), the United Kingdom (1)

Total: 18 collections including 21 occurrences

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