Named By: Le-Tian Ma, Da-Yong Jiang, Olivier Rieppel, Ryosuke Motani & Andrea Tintori - 2015.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Sauropterygia, Pistosauroidea.
Species: W. brevirostris (type).
Size: Preserved skeleton length about 2.25-2.3 meters long, but this is missing the end of the tail. Holotype individual probably up to about 2.5 meters long when complete.
Known locations: China, Guizhou Province - Falang Formation.
Time period: Ladinian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Most of the skeleton.
Wangosaurus is a genus of pistosaurs that lived in the waters around what is now China during the Triassic. Pistosaurs like Wangosaurus were the precursors to the plesiosaurs that would rise to prominence by the end of the Triassic, and go on to live in the worlds ‘oceans throughout the Mesozoic.
- A new pistosauroid (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) from the late Ladinian Xingyi marine reptile level, southwestern China. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35 (1): e881832. - Le-Tian Ma, Da-Yong Jiang, Olivier Rieppel, Ryosuke Motani & Andrea Tintori - 2015.