Name: Neptunidraco ‭(‬Neptune’s dragon‭)‬.
Phonetic: Nep-teu-ne-dray-ko.
Named By: A.‭ ‬Cau‭ & ‬F.‭ ‬Fanti‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Thalattosuchia,‭ ‬Metriorhynchidae,‭ ‬Geosaurinae.
Species: N.‭ ‬ammoniticus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore/Carnivore.
Size: ‭R‬oughly about‭ ‬4‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Italy‭ ‬-‭ ‬Rosso Ammonitico Veronese Formation.
Time period: Bajocian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and lower jaws.‭ ‬Total remains from at least three individuals known.

       Neptunidraco is a genus of medium sized metriorhynchid crocodile that has a noted similarity to the genus Geosaurus.‭ ‬Like with other metriorhynchid crocodiles,‭ ‬Neptunidraco was adapted for a life living and hunting at sea where it was a predator of fish as well as‭ ‬probably‭ ‬other smaller reptilian marine organisms.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The oldest known metriorhynchid crocodylian from the Middle Jurassic of North-eastern Italy:‭ ‬Neptunidraco ammoniticus gen.‭ ‬et sp.‭ ‬nov.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Gondwana Research‭ ‬19:550-565.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cau‭ & ‬F.‭ ‬Fanti‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.


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