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Temporal range: Late Jurassic–Late Cretaceous
Atoposaurus oberndorfi Teylers.JPG
Only known specimen of Atoposaurus oberndorfi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Eusuchia
Family: Atoposauridae
Gervais, 1871
  • Alligatorellidae Tornier, 1933

Atoposauridae is a family of crocodile-line archosaurs belonging to Neosuchia.[1] The majority of the family are known from Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous marine deposits in France, Portugal, and Bavaria in southern Germany.[2][3][4] The discovery of the genus Aprosuchus, however, extends the duration of the lineage to the end of the Cretaceous in Romania.[5]



Cladogram modified from Buscalioni and Sanz (1988)[1] and Buscalioni and Sanz (1990):[6]








  1. ^ a b Buscalioni, Angela D; José Luis Sanz (1988). "Phylogenetic relationships of the Atoposauridae (Archosauria, Crocodylomorpha)". Historical Biology. 1 (3): 233–250. doi:10.1080/08912968809386477.
  2. ^ Tennant, Jonathan P.; Mannion, Philip D.; Upchurch, Paul (2016). "Evolutionary relationships and systematics of Atoposauridae (Crocodylomorpha: Neosuchia): implications for the rise of Eusuchia". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 177 (4): 854–936. doi:10.1111/zoj.12400.
  3. ^ Schwarz, Daniela; Raddatz, Maik; Wings, Oliver (2017-02-15). "Knoetschkesuchus langenbergensis gen. nov. sp. nov., a new atoposaurid crocodyliform from the Upper Jurassic Langenberg Quarry (Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany), and its relationships to Theriosuchus". PLOS ONE. 12 (2): e0160617. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160617. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 5310792.
  4. ^ Tennant, Jonathan P.; Mannion, Philip D. (2014-09-25). "Revision of the Late Jurassic crocodyliform Alligatorellus, and evidence for allopatric speciation driving high diversity in western European atoposaurids". PeerJ. 2: e599. doi:10.7717/peerj.599. ISSN 2167-8359.
  5. ^ Márton Venczel; Vlad A. Codrea (2019). "A new Theriosuchus-like crocodyliform from the Maastrichtian of Romania". Cretaceous Research. 100: 24–38. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2019.03.018.
  6. ^ Buscalioni, A. D.; Sanz, J. L. (1990). "Montsecosuchus depereti (Crocodylomorpha, Atoposauridae), new denomination for Alligatorium depereti Vidal, 1915 (Early Cretaceous, Spain): Redescription and phylogenetic relationships". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 10 (2): 244–254. doi:10.1080/02724634.1990.10011810.