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)‬.
Diet: Piscivore.
Size: Total body length estimated at up to‭ ‬150‭ ‬centimetres,‭ ‬skull‭ ‬24‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Guizhou Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Wayao Formation.‭
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: 2‭ ‬specimens.

       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.


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