Named By: Samuel Wendell Williston - 1915.
Synonyms: Basicranodon, Eumatthevia.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Synapsida, Pelycosauria, Varanopidae.
Species: M. longiceps (type).
Size: About 60 centimetres long.
Known locations: USA, Colorado - Waggoner Ranch Formation, Oklahoma - Cutler Formation and Texas - Garber Formation.
Time period: Artinskian to Kungurian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.
Mycterosaurus was a varanopid pelycosaur that lived in the USA during the Permian. The small size of Mycterosaurus is suggestive that this genus was as predator of small vertebrates and possible larger invertebrates. As a member of the Varanopidae, Mycterosaurus would have been a relative of such genera as Varanops, Varanodon and Varanosaurus.
- A New Genus and Species of American Theromorpha: Mycterosaurus longiceps. - Journal of Geology 23(6):554-559 - Samuel Wendell Williston - 1915.