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Temporal range: Middle Jurassic
Illustration of Cryptoclidus
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Suborder: Plesiosauroidea
Family: Cryptoclididae
Genus: Cryptoclidus

Cryptoclidus (meaning "Hidden collar-bone") was a plesiosaur, an aquatic reptile that was 13 feet (4 m) long. It had curved, interlocking teeth, a wide skull, and large, flexible, paddle-like flippers.

Description[change | change source]

Cryptoclidus was not a dinosaur, but another type of extinct reptile. Fossils have been found in England, France, and possibly South America.

Cryptoclidus was named by Seeley in 1892. The type species is C. eurymerus.