Dakosaurus maximus Plieninger 1846 (marine crocodile)

Reptilia - Loricata - Metriorhynchidae

Alternative combinations: Dacosaurus primaevus, Geosaurus maximus, Liodon primaevum

Synonyms: Dakosaurus gracilis Quenstedt 1885, Dakosaurus lissocephalus Seeley 1869, Megalosaurus gracilis Quenstedt 1885, Megalosaurus schnaitheimii Bunzel 1871

Belongs to Dakosaurus according to M. T. Young et al. 2014

See also Bronzati et al. 2012, Bunzel 1871, Carrano et al. 2012, Delair 1958, Douvillé 1885, Douvillé 1887, Nascimento and Zaher 2011, Quenstedt 1852, Sauvage 1873, Seeley 1869, Swinton 1934, Young et al. 2010, Young et al. 2012 and Young et al. 2013

Sister taxon: Dakosaurus andiniensis

Type specimens:

  • Dakosaurus maximus: Its type locality is Kimmeridge Bay, which is in a Kimmeridgian marine claystone in the Kimmeridge Clay Formation of the United Kingdom
  • Dakosaurus gracilis:
  • Dakosaurus lissocephalus: CAMSM J29419, a partial skull (skull lacking the snout). Its type locality is Ely, Roswell Pits, which is in a Kimmeridgian marine horizon in the Kimmeridge Clay Formation of the United Kingdom.
  • Megalosaurus schnaitheimii: Its type locality is Schnaitheim, which is in a Kimmeridgian marine carbonate in the Mergelstätten Formation of Germany.

Ecology: nektonic carnivore


• Jurassic of France (1 collection), Germany (8), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (3)

Total: 13 collections each including a single occurrence

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