Name: Redondavenator ‭(‬Redonda hunter‭)‬.
Phonetic: Re-don-dah-ven-ah-tor.
Named By: S.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Nesbitt,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Irmis,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Lucas‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Hunt‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Crocodylomorpha,‭ ‬Sphenosuchidae.
Species: R.‭ ‬quayensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull at least‭ ‬60‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Total length about‭ ‬3.8-4‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬Redonda Formation.
Time period: Norian/Rhaetian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and partial post cranial skeletal fossils.

       Redondavenator is a genus of sphenosuchid crocodylomorph that lived in the USA during the later stages of the Triassic.‭ ‬Only the anterior‭ (‬forward‭) ‬portion of the skull is known,‭ ‬though estimates of the complete skull result in a reconstructed length of at least sixty centimetres,‭ ‬and when combined with the post cranial remains,‭ ‬result in a total estimated length of just under four meters.‭ ‬Redondavenator would have been a predator of other relatively large animals,‭ ‬with speculation that the genus may have evolved to fill an ecological niche left vacant by rauisuchians,‭ ‬and not yet filled by dinosaurs.
       Care should be taken not to confuse Redondavenator with Redondasaurus,‭ ‬a large phytosaur that is also named after the Redonda Formation like Redondavenator also is.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A giant crocodylomorph from the Upper Triassic of New Mexico.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontologische Zeitschrift‭ ‬79:471-478.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Nesbitt,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Irmis,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Lucas‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Hunt‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.


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