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Temporal range: Late Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Canidae
Genus: Theriodictis
Mercerat, 1891

Theriodictis is an extinct genus of small hypercarnivorous fox-like canid endemic to South America during the Pleistocene, living from 1.2 Ma-11,000 years ago and existing for approximately 1.19 million years. [1]

Prey is thought to have included ungulate camelids (e.g. llama), cervids (e.g. Epieurycerus and Antifer), equids (e.g. Equus and Hippidion), Peccaries (e.g. Catagonus), giant rodents (e.g. Neochoerus), mesotherids (e.g. the burrowing Mesotherium), and giant cingulates (e.g. Eutatus, Propraopus and Pampatherium).[2]


Theriodictis was named by Mercerat, 1891.

Fossil distribution[edit]

The fossil remains are confined to Bolivia, southern Brazil, and Paraguay.


  1. ^ Eucyon: Basic info.
  2. ^ F.J. Prevosti; P. Plamqvist, 2001, Ameghiniana 38: 375-384