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Temporal range: 167–160 Ma
Callovian - Oxfordian
S. brachyrhynchus skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
(unranked): Mesoeucrocodylia
Suborder: Thalattosuchia
Family: Metriorhynchidae
Genus: Suchodus
Lydekker, 1890

Suchodus is an extinct genus of marine crocodyliform from the Middle to Late Jurassic period of England and France.

Taxonomy and phylogeny[edit]

Restoration of S. durobrivensis.

In the 2000s, phylogenetic analysis has shown that Suchodus is a distinct metriorhynchid genus.[1][2]

Valid species are:

  • S. brachyrhynchus: Western Europe (England and France) of the Middle-Late Jurassic (Callovian and Oxfordian); Metriorhynchus cultridens is a junior synonym.
  • S. durobrivensis: Western Europe (England and France) of the Middle Jurassic (Callovian). Was originally the type species of the genus Suchodus, but it was regarded as a junior synonym of Metriorhynchus by Andrews, 1913.[3]


  1. ^ Young, Mark T., and Marco Brandalise de Andrade, 2009. "What is Geosaurus? Redescription of Geosaurus giganteus (Thalattosuchia: Metriorhynchidae) from the Upper Jurassic of Bayern, Germany." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 157: 551-585.
  2. ^ Young, Mark T., Brusatte, Stephen L., Ruta, M., Andrade, Marco B. 2009. "The evolution of Metriorhynchoidea (Mesoeucrocodylia, Thalattosuchia): an integrated approach using geometrics morphometrics, analysis of disparity and biomechanics". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 801-859.
  3. ^ Andrews CW. 1913. A descriptive catalogue of the marine reptiles of the Oxford Clay, Part Two. London: British Museum (Natural History), 206 pp.