Reconstruction of Dyrosaurus phosphaticus, copyright Nobu Tamura.

Belongs within: Neosuchia.

The Pholidosauridae are a group of crocodyliforms known from the Cretaceous, most of which are slender-snouted, fish-eating specialists adapted to near-shore marine habitats (Sereno et al. 2001).

    |–Pholidosaurus decipiens SL01, GPS06
    `–+–+–Terminonaris ropbusta SL01, GPS06
       |  `–Sarcosuchus Broin & Tarquet 1966 SL01, D07
       |       |–S. hartti SL01
       |       `–S. imperator Broin & Taquet 1966 SL01
       `–+–Sokotosuchus ianwilsoni GPS06
          `–Dyrosauridae GPS06
               |–Congosaurus LB02
               |–Rhabdognathus SF03
               |–Hyposaurus rogersii GPS06
               |–Chenanisuchus lateroculi GPS06
               `–Dyrosaurus Thomas 1893 SL01, D07
                    |–D. minor SF03
                    `–D. phosphaticus GPS06

*Type species of generic name indicated


[D07] Dixon, D. 2007. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures. Hermes House: London.

[GPS06] Gasparini, Z., D. Pol & L. A. Spalletti. 2006. An unusual marine crocodyliform from the Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary of Patagonia. Science 311: 70–73.

[LB02] Lapparent de Broin, F. de. 2002. Elosuchus, a new genus of crocodile from the Lower Cretaceous of the north of Africa. Comptes Rendus Palevol 1: 275–285.

[SF03] Salisbury, S. W., E. Frey, D. M. Martill & M. C. Buchy. 2003. A new crocodilian from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formatioin of north-eastern Brazil. Palaeontographica Abteilung A: Paläozoologie—Stratigraphie 270: 3–47.

[SL01] Sereno, P. C., H. C. E. Larsson, C. A. Sidor & B. Gado. 2001. The giant crocodyliform Sarcosuchus from the Cretaceous of Africa. Science 294: 1516–1519.

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