Pronunciation: dow-huh-long Meaning: Tao river dragon Author/s: Yang et al. (2013) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Gansu, China Chart Position: 657
The first polacanthine to be described from Asia.
(Tao River dragon from Jincheng)EtymologyTaohelong is derived from the Chinese "Tao" and "Hé" (Tao River) and "long" (dragon). The species epithet, jinchengensis, is derived from "Jincheng" (the city close to where it was discovered) and the Latin "ensis" (from).
DiscoveryThe remains of Taohelong were discovered in the Unit 5 Formation (Hekou Group), near the border of Yongjing and Lintao counties, Lanzhou-Minhe Basin, Gansu Province, North-central China. The holotype (GSDM 00021) is a partial skeleton including one caudal (tail) vertebra, three ribs, an almost complete left ilium (main bone of the hip), neck armour, and a partial sacral shield (an armour plate that covers its hips).