Named By: F. de Lapparent de Broin - 2002.
Synonyms: Thoracosaurus cherifiensis.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Crocodyliformes, Pholidosauridae.
Species: E. cherifiensis (type), E. broinae.
Known locations: Algeria - Continental Intercalaire Formation. Morocco - Ifezouane Formation, Kem Kem Formation.
Time period: Albian/Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of several individuals.
Originally described as a species of Thoracosaurus, T. cherifiensis was established as a distinct genus in 2002, creating Elosuchus. Elosuchus was a marine crocodile that that possibly spent most of its life in the water. The gharial -like snout is suggestive that Elosuchus was more of a fish hunter.
- Elosuchus, a new genus of crocodile from the Lower Cretaceous of the north of Africa. - Comptes Rendus Palevol 1:275-285 - F. de Lapparent de Broin - 2002.
- Revision and phylogenetic affinities of Elosuchus (Crocodyliformes). - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 179 (1) - Louise M. V. Meunier; Hans C. E. Larsson - 2016