Named By: R. A. Otero, J. P. O'Gorman, N. Hiller, F. R. O'Keefe & R. E. Fordyce - 2016.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria, Elasmosauridae.
Species: A. zealandiensis (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: New Zealand - Conway Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
from a single partially preserved skull, Alexandronectes
that swam in the waters around what is now New
Zealand during the late Cretaceous. These were dangerous waters as
fossils of large mosasaurs
such as Taniwhasaurus
are also known from
the same formation as Alexandronectes, and these
certainly capable of hunting and killing plesiosaurs.
- Alexandronectes zealandiensis gen. et sp. nov., a new aristonectine plesiosaur from the lower Maastrichtian of New Zealand. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36(2):e1054494:1-14. - R. A. Otero, J. P. O'Gorman, N. Hiller, F. R. O'Keefe & R. E. Fordyce - 2016.