Named By: X. -H. Chen, R. Motani, L. Cheng, D. Jiang & O. Rieppel - 2014.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Diapsida, Ichthyosauromorpha, Hupehsuchia, Hupehsuchidae.
Species: P. longus (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: China, Hubei Province - Jialingjiang Formation.
Time period: Olenekian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeletal remains.
Parahupehsuchus is a genus of hupehsuchian marine reptile that lived in waters that receded over what is now China. Parahupehsuchus would have been a small aquatic predator that is named for its similarity to the type genus of the Hupehsuchidae, Hupehsuchus.
- A carapace-like bony ‘body tube’ in an Early Triassic marine reptile and the onset of marine tetrapod predation. - PLoS ONE 9(4):e94396. - X. -H. Chen, R. Motani, L. Cheng, D. Jiang & O. Rieppel - 2014.