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Prognathodon waiparaensis

Reptilia - Squamata - Mosasauridae

Taxonomy
Prognathodon waiparaensis was named by Welles and Gregg (1971). Its type specimen is C.M. zfr 108, a partial skeleton (disarticulated skull, cervical vertebrae, and ribs), and it is a 3D body fossil.

Sister species lacking formal opinion data

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Synonymy list
YearName and author
1971Prognathodon waiparaensis Welles and Gregg pp. 55-79 figs. 30-44
1991Prognathodon waiparaensis Fordyce p. 1174
2014Prognathodon waiparaensis Fanti et al.

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
RankNameAuthor
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Lepidosauromorpha(Benton 1983)
superorderLepidosauria()
orderSquamata
Episquamata
ToxicoferaVidal and Hedges 2005
superfamilyMosasauria
familyMosasauridae
subfamilyMosasaurinaeGervais 1853
tribeGlobidensiniRussell 1967
genusPrognathodonDollo 1889
specieswaiparaensis

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
S. P. Welles and D. R. Gregg 1971"A Prognathodon with the suprastapedial process of the quadrate extremely constricted to less than half its distal breadth; a very large sulcus for the M. depressor mandibulae profundus; a very massive infrastapedial process completely fused to the suprastapedial process; cervical pedicles short and set far forward; hypapophyses on anterior cervicals only."
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: phosphaticsubp
Environment: terrestrialsubc
Locomotion: actively mobilec
Life habit: aquaticf
Diet: carnivoref
Vision: well-developedf
Reproduction: ovoviviparousf
Created: 2018-01-05 16:32:54
Modified: 2018-01-05 16:32:54
Source: f = family, subc = subclass, c = class, subp = subphylum
References: Gervais 1852, Carroll 1988, Hendy et al. 2009

Age range: Maastrichtian or 72.10000 to 66.00000 Ma

Collections (2 total)


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Haumurian83.5 - 66.0New Zealand (South Island) Prognathodon waiparaensis (106757)
Maastrichtian72.1 - 66.0USA (California) Prognathodon waiparaensis (103992)