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Bishanopliosaurus is a genus of plesiosaur. The type species is B. youngi, based on remains found in the Ziliujing Formation of China.[1] It can be differentiated by the bifurcated ribs of its sacrum. Unusually, it appears to be a freshwater plesiosaur.[2] A second species, B. zigongensis, is known from the slightly later Xiashaximiao Formation.[3]

Temporal range: Toarcian
Zigong Dinosaur Museum Bishanopliosaurus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Suborder: Pliosauroidea
Genus: Bishanopliosaurus
Dong, 1980
Type species
Bishanopliosaurus youngi
Dong, 1980
Other species
  • Bishanopliosaurus zigongensis Gao et al., 2003

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  1. ^ Dong, Z.-M. "A new plesiosauria from the Lias of Sichuan Basin" (PDF). Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 18 (3): 191–197. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  2. ^ Sato, T.; Li, C.; Wu, X.-C. (2003). "Restudy of Bishanopliosaurus youngi Dong 1980, a freshwater plesiosaurian from the Jurassic of Chongqing". Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 41 (1): 17–33.
  3. ^ Gao, Y.-H.; Ye, Y.; Jiang, S. (2004). "A new species of Bishanopliosaurus from Middle Jurassic of Zigong, Sichuan" (PDF). Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 42 (2): 162–165. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2017-10-20.