Home Previous Random Next Search
meaning: "Swimmer lizard"
Named By: Charles Lewis Camp in 1951 (originally described in 1942, but under the name Kolposaurus)
Time Period: Late Cretaceous, 70 Ma
Location: USA - California - Moreno Formation
Size: Body around 9 meters long with a 39 centimetre skull for P. bennisoni, and a body up to 13 meters long with a 59 centimetre skull for P. tuckeri
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore
Fossil(s): Remains of at least a few individuals as well as skin impressions
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Squamata | Mosasauridae | Mosasaurinae |
Also known as: | Garzasaurus | Plotosaurus tuckeri |

Plotosaurus ("swimmer lizard") is an extinct genus of mosasaur from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Fresno County, California. Originally named Kolposaurus (meaning "bay lizard") by Berkeley paleontologist Charles Lewis Camp in 1942, it was changed to Plotosaurus in 1951 when Camp discovered the name had already been assigned to a type of nothosaur.

Read more about Plotosaurus at Wikipedia
PaleoCodex is a weekend hack by Saurav Mohapatra