Named By: Andrew A. Farke & Joseph J. W. Sertich - 2013.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Abelisauroidea.
Species: D. tokana (type).
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains, but roughly estimated to have been around 3.5 to 4 meters long, but only if it was built like other abelisaurids.
Known locations: Madagascar - ‘Ambolafotsy Formation’.
Time period: Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains including cervical (neck) and dorsal (back) vertebrae and partial ribs.
Dahalokely is so far only known by very incomplete remains, but if it’s identification as an abelisauroid is correct, then it certainly was very small for its type. Alternatively, if Dahalokely turns out to be a noasaur, a group of theropods closely related to abelisaurs, then it would be expected to have a more elongated build, making Dahalokely more like around the four to five and a half meter mark. Unfortunately it is difficult to infer anything else about this dinosaur due to the lack of remains.
- An Abelisauroid Theropod Dinosaur from the Turonian of Madagascar, Andrew A. Farke & Joseph J. W. Sertich - 2013.