Clidastes propython Cope 1869 (mosasaur)

Reptilia - Squamata - Mosasauridae

Synonyms: Clidastes dispar Marsh 1871, Clidastes medius Merriam 1894, Clidastes pumilis Marsh 1871, Clidastes pumilus Marsh 1871, Clidastes rex Marsh 1872, Clidastes stenops Cope 1871, Clidastes tortor Cope 1871, Clidastes velox Marsh 1871, Clidastes westi Williston and Case 1892, Clidastes westii Williston and Case 1892, Clidastes wymani Marsh 1871, Edestosaurus dispar Marsh 1871, Edestosaurus rex Marsh 1872, Edestosaurus stenops Cope 1871, Edestosaurus tortor Cope 1871, Edestosaurus velox Marsh 1871

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1869. On the reptilian orders Pythonomorpha and Streptosauria. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 12:250-266

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

See also Cope 1869, Cope 1870, Cope 1871, Cope 1874, Cope 1875, Cope 1877, Hay 1902, Karl and Nyhuis 2012, Kiernan 1992, Leidy 1873, Russell 1967, Russell 1970, Thurmond and Jones 1981 and Williston 1902

Sister taxa: Clidastes affinis, Clidastes cineriarum, Clidastes intermedius

Type specimens:

  • Clidastes propython: Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia no. 10193, a skeleton. Its type locality is Uniontown, which is in a Santonian/Maastrichtian marine horizon in Alabama.
  • Clidastes medius:
  • Clidastes pumilus: YPM, a partial skeleton (Portions of the skull and teeth, and several cervical vertebrae).
  • Clidastes westi:
  • Clidastes wymani: YPM, a partial skeleton (Includes a complete tail and at least part of the skull).
  • Edestosaurus dispar:
  • Edestosaurus rex:
  • Edestosaurus stenops:
  • Edestosaurus tortor:
  • Edestosaurus velox:

Ecology: aquatic carnivore


• Cretaceous of Sweden (5 collections), United States (7: Alabama, South Dakota)

Total: 12 collections each including a single occurrence

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