Knoetschkesuchus

Name: Knoetschkesuchus ‭(‬Knötschke crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Knowtsc-ke-soo-kus.
Named By: D.‭ ‬Schwarz,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Raddatz‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬Wings‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Synonyms: Theriosuchus guimarotae.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Crocodyliformes,‭ ‬Eusuchia,‭ ‬Atoposauridae.
Species: K.‭ ‬langenbergensis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬guimarotae.
Diet: Insectivore/Carnivore.
Size: Estimated about‭ ‬55‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Germany‭ ‬-‭ ‬Süntel Formation.‭ ‬Portugal‭ ‬-‭ ‬Alcobaça Formation.
Time period: Kimmeridgian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of hundreds of individuals.




       Knoetschkesuchus is a genus of small crocodylomorph that lived in Europe during the late Jurassic.‭ ‬The type species,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬langenbergensis is known from Germany.‭ ‬Another species,‭ K.‭ ‬guimarotae‭ (‬formerly assigned to the Theriosuchus genus‭) ‬is known from Portugal.‭ ‬The small size of Knoetschkesuchus meant that it would have been a predator of smaller creatures such as invertebrates,‭ ‬though some vertebrates such as frogs,‭ ‬fish and the young of other creatures could have also been hunted.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬Knoetschkesuchus langenbergensis gen.‭ ‬nov.‭ ‬sp.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬a new atoposaurid crocodyliform from the Upper Jurassic Langenberg Quarry‭ (‬Lower Saxony,‭ ‬northwestern Germany‭)‬,‭ ‬and its relationships to Theriosuchus.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS ONE‭ ‬12‭(‬2‭)‬:e0160617:1-47.‭ ‬-‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Schwarz,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Raddatz‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬Wings‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.



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