Name: Qianichthyosaurus ‭(‬Qian fish lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kwan-ick-fee-o-sore-s.
Named By: Li‭ ‬-‭ ‬1999.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Ichthyopterygia,‭ ‬Ichthyosaura,‭ ‬Toretocnemidae.
Species: Q.‭ ‬zhoui‭ (‬type‭)‬, O. xingyiensis
Diet: Piscivore.
Size: Total body length estimated at up to‭ ‬150‭ ‬centimetres,‭ ‬skull‭ ‬24‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Guizhou Province‭ ‬-‭ Falang Formation, ‬Wayao Formation, Xiaowa Formation.‭
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: partial remains of several individuals.

       Qianichthyosaurus is an example of a transitional ichthyosaur similar to Mixosaurus that shows a link between the more primitive ichthyosaurs and the more fish-like advanced forms.‭ ‬One clue to this are the limbs‭ (‬flippers‭) ‬which have four digits instead of the more common five which are seen in more primitive ichthyosaur forms.‭ ‬However the snout of Qianichthyosaurus is proportionately shorter than later forms which itself is seen as a more basal trait.‭ ‬Qianichthyosaurus is thought to be closely related to the ichthyosaur Toretocnemus that is known from California,‭ ‬hence the‭ ‬placement of the genus within the Toretocnemidae.

Further reading
- New Material of Qianichtyosaurus Li, 1999 (Reptilia, Ichthyosauria) from the late Triassic of southern China, and Implications for the Distribution of Triassic Ichthyosaurs. - Journey of Vertebrate Paleontology, 22(4):759-765. - Elizabeth L. Nicholls, Chen Wei & Makoto Manabe - 2002.
- A new species of Qianichthyosaurus (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria) from Xingyi Fauna (Ladinian, Middle Triassic) of Guizhou". Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis. 49 (6): 1002–1008. - Pengfei Yang, Cheng Ji, Dayong Jiang, Ryosuke Motani, Andrea Tintori, Yuanlin Sun & Zuoyu Sun - 2013.


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