Named By: D. d. A. Campos, J. M. Suarez, D. Riff & A. W. A. Kellner - 2001.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Crocodylomorpha, Notosuchia, Sebecosuchia, Baurusuchidae, Baurusuchinae.
Species: S. maxhechti (type).
Size: Skull up to 47 centimetres long. Total body length about 4 meters long.
Known locations: Brazil - Adamantina Formation.
Time period: Turonian/Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skulls and partial post cranial remains.
Stratiotosuchus is a genus of bauruschid crocodile that lived in South America during the Late Cretaceous. Like other bauruschid crocodiles, Stratiotosuchus was a fully terrestrial predator, a summary based upon the simple observations that the eyes face out of the sides (not up like in semi-aquatic crocodiles), and that the limb structure is such that the limbs would have supported the body from underneath, instead of sprawling out to the sides. The much better state of preservation in the fossils of Stratiotosuchus has allowed for insights into other baurusuchid crocodile genera which are typically just known from skulls and much more incomplete fossil remains.
- Short note on a new Baurusuchidae (Crocodyliformes, Metasuchia) from the Upper Cretaceous of Brazil. - Boletim do Museu Nacional, Geologia 57:1-7. - D. d. A. Campos, J. M. Suarez, D. Riff & A. W. A. Kellner - 2001.
- Baurusuchid crocodyliforms as theropod mimics: clues from the skull and appendicular morphology of Stratiotosuchus maxhechti (Upper Cretaceous of Brazil). - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163 (s1): s37–s56. - D. Riff & A. W. A. Kellner - 2011.