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Temporal range: Late Triassic, 228 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Clade: Pistosauria
Genus: Bobosaurus
Dalla Vecchia, 2006
Species: B. forojuliensis
Binomial name
Bobosaurus forojuliensis
Dalla Vecchia, 2006

Bobosaurus is an extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile related to plesiosaurs. It is based on the holotype MFSN 27285, a partial skeleton found in Early Carnian-age rocks (early Late Triassic) of the Rio del Lago Formation, northeastern Italy. Bobosaurus was named in 2006 by Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia and the type species is B. forojuliensis. It may be a pistosaurid, or closer to Plesiosauria.[1] A recent cladistic analysis found it to be a pistosaur.[2]

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  1. ^ Dalla Vecchia, Fabio M. (2006). "A new sauropterygian reptile with plesiosaurian affinity from the Late Triassic of Italy" (PDF). Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia. 112 (2): 207–225. 
  2. ^ Hilary F. Ketchum and Roger B. J. Benson (2011). "A new pliosaurid (Sauropterygia, Plesiosauria) from the Oxford Clay Formation (Middle Jurassic, Callovian) of England: evidence for a gracile, longirostrine grade of Early-Middle Jurassic pliosaurids". Special Papers in Palaeontology. 86: 109–129. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01083.x.