Name: Mycterosaurus.
Phonetic: Mik-teh-roe-sore-us.
Named By: Samuel Wendell Williston‭ ‬-‭ ‬1915.
Synonyms: Basicranodon,‭ ‬Eumatthevia.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Pelycosauria,‭ ‬Varanopidae.
Species: M.‭ ‬longiceps‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Insectivore.
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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Genus and Species of American Theromorpha:‭ ‬Mycterosaurus longiceps.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Geology‭ ‬23‭(‬6‭)‬:554-559‭ ‬-‭ ‬Samuel Wendell Williston‭ ‬-‭ ‬1915.


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