Belodon

Name: Belodon.
Phonetic: Bel-o-don.
Named By: Christian von Meyer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1844.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,‭ ‬Crurotarsi,‭ ‬Phytosauria,‭
Species: B.‭ ‬plieningeri‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Reptilia of the Triassic Formation of the United States‭ ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Cope‭ ‬-‭ ‬1870.
-‭ ‬Belodon in New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Cope‭ ‬-‭ ‬1881.



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