Named By: Christian von Meyer - 1844.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Archosauromorpha, Crurotarsi, Phytosauria,
Species: B. plieningeri (type).
Size: About 3 meters long.
Known locations: Germany - Trossingen Formation, and USA.
Time period: Rhaetian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.
Belodon is an often quoted yet surprisingly obscure genus of phytosaurs. The phytosaurs were physically and presumably ecologically similar to crocodiles, and Belodon seems to have grown to a size approaching smaller crocodiles that we know today. However, not all are convinced about the validity of Belodon, with some palaeontologists regarding it as a dubious genus. Indeed, the number of attributed species of Belodon can vary greatly among different authors, so for clarity only the type species is listed here.
- Reptilia of the Triassic Formation of the United States - E. D. Cope - 1870.
- Belodon in New Mexico - E. D. Cope - 1881.