Named By: M. B. Lacerda, C. L. Schultz & C. Bertoni-Machado - 2015.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Archosauria, Pseudosuchia, Suchia, Paracrocodylomorpha, Loricata.
Species: D. santacruzensis (type).
Known locations: Brazil - Santa Maria Formation.
Time period: Mid Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial hip.
While loricatan paracrocodylomorphs are fairly well known from the Santa maria Formation, Dagasuchus is the first rauisuchian genus known from the Santacruzodon assemblage zone, something which has enabled this genus to fill an evolutionary gap. So far Dagasuchus is only known from a partial hip which make reconstructions fairly difficult. However since the genus is related to genera such as Saurosuchus, Prestosuchus and Fasolasuchus, Dagasuchus was likely a large predator of other moderately large animals.
- First 'Rauisuchian' archosaur (Pseudosuchia, Loricata) for the Middle Triassic Santacruzodon Assemblage Zone (Santa Maria Supersequence), Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. - PLoS ONE 10 (2): e0118563. - M. B. Lacerda, C. L. Schultz & C. Bertoni-Machado - 2015.