Restoration of B. grandis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
Clade: Pseudosuchia
Genus: Batrachopus
Hitchcock, 1845
Binomial name
Batrachopus deweyi
Hitchcock, 1843

Batrachopus is an extinct species of pseudosuchian that lived during the Triassic-Cretaceous periods between 235-100 million years ago.[1] It was first named by Edward Hitchcock in 1845.[2] The first known Batrachopus footprints were discovered in 1843 in the Newark Group (Massachusetts).[3]

B. gracilis (Hitchcock, 1848) footprint, from Massachusetts



  1. R. Owen. 1861. Palaeontology, or a Systematic Summary of Extinct Animals and their Geological Relations. Second Edition. Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh 1-463 [P. Wagner/P. Wagner/M. Uhen]
  2. E. Hitchcock. 1845. An attempt to name, classify, and describe, the animals that made the fossil footmarks of New England. Sixth Annual Meeeting of the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists, New Haven, CT. Abstract and Proceedings 23-25
  3. Paul E. Olsen, Donald Baird, 1986; See: Olsen, Paul E. & Baird, Donald. 1986. The ichnogenus Atreipus and its significance for Triassic biostratigraphy., in Padian, Kevin. The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs. Faunal Change Across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. 61-87.
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