Kuttanacaiman

Name: Kuttanacaiman ‭(‬grinding caiman‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kut-tan-kay-man.
Named By: R.‭ ‬Salas-Gismondi,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Flynn,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Baby,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Tejada-Lara,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Wesselingh‭ & ‬P.-O.‭ ‬Antoine‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Crocodilia,‭ ‬Alligatoridae,‭ ‬Caimaninae.
Species: K.‭ ‬iquitosensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Durophagous.
Size: Body length estimated to be about‭ ‬1.7-1.9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Peru‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pebas Formation.
Time period: Burdigalian to Serravallian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls.

       Kuttanacaiman was so named because the teeth of this crocodile seem to be best adapted for crunching through the shells of fresh water bivalve molluscs.‭ ‬These seem to have been a popular food source as two other caimans named Gnatusuchus and Caiman wannlangstoni are known from the exact same habitat and they also seem to have had the same dietary preference.‭ ‬In fact,‭ ‬both of them were also described in the same paper that described Kuttanacaiman.‭ ‬Kuttanacaiman is so far known from Peru,‭ ‬and the location that the type fossils were found in would have been swamps that would have been full of bivalves for Kuttanacaiman to eat.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Miocene hyperdiverse crocodylian community reveals peculiar trophic dynamics in proto-Amazonian mega-wetlands.‭ ‬Proceedings of the Royal Society of London,‭ ‬Series B‭ ‬282:20142490.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Salas-Gismondi,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Flynn,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Baby,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬Tejada-Lara,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Wesselingh‭ & ‬P.-O.‭ ‬Antoine‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.



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