Name: Charitomenosuchus ‭(‬graceful crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Cha-re-to-men-o-su-kus.
Named By: Michela M.‭ ‬Johnson,‭ ‬Mark T.‭ ‬Young‭ & ‬Stephen L.‭ ‬Brusatte.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.
Synonyms: Steneosaurus leedsi,‭ ‬Steneosaurus teleosauroides,‭ ‬Steneosaurus pictaviensis.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Crocodyliformes,‭ ‬Metasuchia,‭ ‬Thalattosuchia,‭ ‬Machimosauridae.
Species: C.‭ ‬leedsi‭ (‬type‭).
Diet: Piscivore.
Size: Skulls up to around‭ ‬77‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Oxford Clay Formation.
Time period: Callovian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls,‭ ‬mandibles and vertebra.

       Charitomenosuchus is a genus of thalattosuchian that lived in European waters towards the end of the middle Jurassic period.‭ ‬As a thalattosuchian,‭ ‬Charitomenosuchus is more popularly known as a‭ ‘‬sea crocodile‭’‬,‭ ‬and a member of a group of marine reptiles that seem to have spent most if not all of their lives in the water.‭ ‬The Charitomenosuchus genus was born out of a major revision of fossils attributed to the much older Steneosaurus genus that for a long time was treated as a waste basket taxon.‭ ‬This term is used to describe a genus where fossils with only a remote similarity are attributed to a genus without more in depth study.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On some new steneosaurs from the Oxford Clay of Peterborough.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Annals and Magazine of Natural History.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Andrews‭ ‬-‭ ‬1909.
-‭ ‬The phylogenetics of Teleosauroidea‭ (‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Thalattosuchia‭) ‬and implications for their ecology and evolution.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PeerJ.‭ ‬8:‭ ‬e9808.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Michela M.‭ ‬Johnson,‭ ‬Mark T.‭ ‬Young‭ & ‬Stephen L.‭ ‬Brusatte.‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.


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