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Spitrasaurus is an extinct genus of cryptoclidid[1] plesiosauroid plesiosaur known from the uppermost Jurassic of central Spitsbergen, Norway.[2] It is named after a portmanteau of Spitsbergen Travel.

Temporal range: Late Jurassic
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Cryptoclididae
Genus: Spitrasaurus
Knutsen, Druckenmiller & Hurum, 2012
  • S. wensaasi Knutsen, Druckenmiller & Hurum, 2012 (type)
  • S. larseni Knutsen, Druckenmiller & Hurum, 2012

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  1. ^ Benson, R. B. J.; Druckenmiller, P. S. (2013). "Faunal turnover of marine tetrapods during the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition". Biological Reviews. 89: 1–23. doi:10.1111/brv.12038. PMID 23581455.
  2. ^ Espen M. Knutsen, Patrick S. Druckenmiller and Jørn H. Hurum (2012). "Two new species of long-necked plesiosaurians (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Upper Jurassic (Middle Volgian) Agardhfjellet Formation of central Spitsbergen". Norwegian Journal of Geology. 92 (2–3): 187–212. ISSN 0029-196X.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)Low resolusion pdf[permanent dead link] High resolusion pdf[permanent dead link]