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Temporal range: Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
(unranked): Crurotarsi
Order: Phytosauria
Family: Phytosauridae
Genus: Belodon
von Meyer, 1844

B. plieningeri von Meyer, 1844 (type)

Belodon (meaning "arrow tooth") is a genus of phytosaur, a crocodile-like reptile that lived during the Triassic. Its fossils have been found in Europe and elsewhere. The type species, Belodon plieningeri, was named by prolific German paleontologist Christian Erich Hermann von Meyer in 1844.

Many other species were also named, among them Belodon buceros (named by Edward Drinker Cope in 1881),[1] Belodon kapfii (von Meyer, 1861), Belodon lepturus (Cope, 1870),[2] Belodon priscus (originally described as Compsosaurus priscus by Joseph Leidy in 1856),[3] Belodon scolopax (Cope, 1881),[1] and Belodon validus (Othniel Charles Marsh, 1893).[4] Some paleontologists of the late 19th and early 20th century believed Belodon was synonymous with Phytosaurus or Machaeroprosopus.


  1. ^ a b Cope, E.D. (1881). "Belodon in New Mexico". American Naturalist 15: 922-923.
  2. ^ Cope, E.D. (1870). "Reptilia of the Triassic Formation of the United States". American Naturalist 4: 562-563.
  3. ^ Leidy, J. (1856). "Notice of some remains of extinct vertebrated animals". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 163-165.
  4. ^ Marsh, O.C. (1893). "Restoration of Anchisaurus". The American Journal of Science. Series 3 45: 169-170.

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