Named By: Friedrich von Huene -1936.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Sauropterygia, Placodontia.
Species: S. volzi (type).
Known locations: Europe.
Time period: Ansian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton, Skull is unknown.
Saurosphargis is a little known placodont who’s only known collection of remains were destroyed in World War Two. Although this means that the original fossils are no longer available for study, the original description did mention that the rib structure of Saurosphargis was very similar to that of the Paraplacodus. This indicates that Saurosphargis was more like this form that the armoured placodonts like Henodus that resemble turtles.
- A new Triassic marine reptile from southwestern China. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 31 (2): 303–312. - Chun Li, Olivier Rieppel, Xiao-Chun Wu, Li-Jun Zhao & Li-Ting Wang - 2011.