Stratesaurus taylori

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Holotype of Stratesaurus taylori.


Taxonavigation: Plesiosauria 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Cladus: Archelosauria
Division: Pan-Testudines
Superordo: †Sauropterygia
Ordo: †Plesiosauria

Familia: †Rhomaleosauridae
Genus: †Stratesaurus
Species: Stratesaurus taylori


Holotype: OUMNH J.10337, a skull and partial postcranial skeleton including anterior cervical and pectoral vertebrae, a partial hindlimb and ilium.
Type locality: Street, Somerset, UK (likely lowermost Hettangian).
Etymology: Specific epithet after Michael A. Taylor, who carried out acid preparation of OUMNH J.10337 during an earlier study of Street plesiosaurians.


  • Benson, Roger B. J., Mark Evans & Patrick S. Druckenmiller, 2012: High diversity, low disparity and small body size in plesiosaurs (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) from the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. PLoS One, 7(3): e31838. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031838.