(button toothed crocodile).
Named By: S. C. Sweetman, U. Pedreira-Segade & S. U. Vidovic - 2015.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Crocodylomorpha, Bernissartiidae.
Species: K. aprosdokiti (type).
Size: Holotype skull roughly about 11 centimetres long.
Known locations: England - Wessex Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
Known form a small partial skull that was initially thought to belong to the genus Bernissartia, Koumpiodontosuchus was established as a distinct genus in 2015. Koumpiodontosuchus means ‘button toothed crocodile’, a reference to the small teeth seen in the skull. These show that as well as being small itself, Koumpiodontosuchus was a predator of small animals. The observations that the teeth at the back of the mouth were rounded may indicate that Koumpiodontosuchus might have eaten shelled animals such as bivalve molluscs.
- A new bernissartiid crocodyliform from the Lower Cretaceous Wessex Formation (Wealden Group, Barremian) of the Isle of Wight, southern England. - Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60(2):257-268. - S. C. Sweetman, U. Pedreira-Segade & S. U. Vidovic - 2015.