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Temporal range: Late Triassic
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Cynodontia
Family: Traversodontidae
Subfamily: Massetognathinae
Genus: Santacruzodon

Santacruzodon is an extinct genus of synapsid which existed in Brazil during the Triassic period. The type species is Santacruzodon hopsoni.[1]


Santacruzodon Hopson, is a species that was collected in 1995 in Santa Cruz do Sul, in the Geopark of Paleorrota, Brazil. This species is linked to Dadadon, found in Madagascar.



  1. ^ Abdala, F. and Ribeiro, A.M. (2003). "A new traversodontid cynodont from the Santa Maria Formation (Ladinian-Carnian) of southern Brazil, with a phylogenetic analysis of Gondwanan traversodontids". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 139: 529–545. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2003.00096.x.