Named By: Crush - 1984.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Archosauria, Crocodylomorpha, Sphenosuchia.
Species: T. gracilis (type).
Size: About 50 centimetres long.
Known locations: England - Cromhall Quarry, Wales - Pant-y-ffynnon Quarry.
Time period: Rhaetian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.
was a small crocodylomorph that was well suited to life on land. The
legs were fairly long and supported the body from underneath rather
than from the sides and the feet were digitigrade, meaning that
Terrestrisuchus walked on its toes. This meant
was a fairly quick and agile predator of small organisms like insects
The validity of Terrestrisuchus has been questioned since it has been suggested to be the juvenile form of Saltoposuchus. If ever proven, this would see Terrestrisuchus fossils and sources being referenced to point towards Saltoposuchus.
- When Terrestrisuchus gracilis reaches puberty it becomes Saltoposuchus connectens!. - D. Allen - 2003.