From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Temporal range: Late Triassic - Early Jurassic, Rhaetian–Pliensbachian
Hul - Leptopterygius sp..jpg
Leptonectes tenuirostris skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Ichthyosauria
Family: Leptonectidae
Genus: Leptonectes
  • L. moorei (McGowan, 1978)
  • L. solei (McGowan, 1993)
  • L. tenuirostris (Conybeare, 1822) (type species)

Leptopterygius Huene, 1929

L. tenuirostris, Royal Ontario Museum
Leptonectes tenuirostris front paddle at the Geological Museum in Copenhagen

Leptonectes is a genus of ichthyosaur that lived in the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic (Rhaetian - Pliensbachian). Fossils have been found in Belgium, England, Germany, and Switzerland.[1] [2] [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maisch MW, Matzke AT. 2000. The Ichthyosauria. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde Serie B (Geologie und Paläontologie) 298: 1-159
  2. ^ McGowan C, Motani R. 2003. Ichthyopterygia. – In: Sues, H.-D. (ed.): Handbook of Paleoherpetology, Part 8, Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, 175 pp., 101 figs., 19 plts; München
  3. ^ Maisch MW, Reisdorf AG. 2006. Evidence for the longest stratigraphic range of a post-Triassic Ichthyosaur: a Leptonectes tenuirostris from the Pliensbachian (Lower Jurassic) of Switzerland. Geobios 39: 491-505.