'Ogmodirus' Williston & Moodie, 1913
The type skeleton of 'Ogmodirus' was collected in 1909 by C. Boyce from the upper Greenhorn Limestone Formation (Lower Turonian, Late Cretaceous) of Cloud County (near Aurora), Kansas (Storrs, 1999; Schumacher & Everhart, 2005). Originally named and briefly described by Williston & Moodie (1913), this long-necked plesiosaurian was later described and figured in more detail by Williston & Moodie (1917). 'Ogmodirus' is based on juvenile skeleton and is regarded as as invalid (Storrs, 1999). For example, Welles (1962) considered the taxon a nomen vanum and Storrs considered it a nomen dubium and referred it to "?Elasmosauridae indeterminate", because "the taxon cannot be characterized on the basis of the relatively poort type materiai..." (p.6). The species name was invalidly emended by Moodie (1916) from 'martini' to 'martinii'. This change was followed by Williston & Moodie (1917) but the original spelling ('martini') takes precedence (Schumacher & Everhart, 2005).
A second species of 'Ogmodirus', 'O. ischiadicus', was transferred to the genus by Willison & Moodie (1917). However, given the invalid status of Ogmodirus as a genus, and the non-diagnostic state of the type material of the species (KUVP 434), this referral is unjustified (Storrs, 1999). KUVP 434 was originally described as 'Polycotylus ischiadicus', later 'Elasmosaurus ischiadicus', then 'Ogmodirus ischiadicus'. Welles (1943) erected a genus based on this material (Thalassiosaurus ischiadicus), but eventually discarded the taxon entirely (Welles, 1962) because it is based on non-diagnostic material (Storrs, 1999).
The genus name means "Neck drawn out in a straight line".
'O. martini' Williston & Moodie, 1913
The species name honours Mr H. T. Martin "in appreciation of his long, faithful and intelligent work in the Cretaceous deposits of Kansas" (Williston & Moodie, 1917, p. 62–63).
Type specimen: KUVP 441. A partial skeleton consisting of partial vertebral column (51 cervical vertebrae, 18 caudal vertebrae), limb, and girdle elements.
Referred material: none
Age and Location
Greenhorn Limestone Formation (Lower Turonian/Upper Cenomanian, Late Cretaceous) of Cloud County (near Aurora), Kansas, USA.