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meaning: "Taniwha lizard"
Named By: Hector in 1874
Time Period: Late Cretaceous
Location: New Zealand - Conway Formation. Antarctica, James Ross Island - Santa Marta Formation. Japan
Size: Often cited at being 6 meters long, the addition of Tylosaurus haumuriensis has raised the prospect that Taniwhasaurus may have grown up to 12 meters long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Several specimens, usually of scattered skull and post cranial remains
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Squamata | Scleroglossa | Mosasauridae | Tylosaurinae |
Also known as: | Lakumasurus | Tylosaurus haumuriensis |

Taniwhasaurus (from the Maori Taniwha, a supernatural, aquatic creature, and the Greek sauros/sauros, meaning lizard) is an extinct genus of mosasaur (carnivorous marine lizards) which inhabited New Zealand, Japan and Antarctica. The genus was a close relative of the genera Tylosaurus and Hainosaurus.

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