Rhinesuchus

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Rhinesuchus
Temporal range: Late Permian
Rhinesuchus BW.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Temnospondyli
Suborder: Stereospondyli
Family: Rhinesuchidae
Genus: Rhinesuchus

Rhinesuchus is a large temnospondyl amphibian. Fossil remains of the genus are known from the Permian of the South African Karoo Basins Tapinocephalus and Cistecephalus assemblage zones, both of the Beaufort Group.

Skull in Karoo
Rhinesuchus.

In popular culture[edit]

Rhinesuchus was featured in the 2005 BBC series Walking With Monsters, which depicted it as a crocodile-like animal that wrapped itself in a cocoon during dry periods, like a lungfish; only it was unearthed and eaten by a Gorgonops during its last-ditch attempt to sit out the drought.