Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Infraorder: Sauropoda
Superfamily: Diplodocoidea
Family: Rebbachisauridae
Subfamily: Khebbashia
Cau et al., 2015

Khebbashia is a clade of herbivorous sauropod dinosaurs belonging to the neosauropoda.

In 2015, research into the relationships of Tataouinea showed that the relationships within derived Rebbachisauridae were very uncertain. It proved difficult to establish reliably whether a particular rebbachiuride belonged to the Rebbachisaurinae or the Limaysaurinae. That is why Federico Fanti, Andrea Cau, Luigi Cantelli, Mohsen Hassine and Marco Auditore decided to appoint a new nodus call that included all these subgroups.

The Khebbashia are defined as the group consisting of the last common ancestor of Limaysaurus tessonei, Nigersaurus taqueti and Rebbachisaurus garasbae; and all his descendants. The name refers to the Khebbash or Khebbache, the Berber tribe that inhabits the area of North Africa.

The Khebbashia were medium-sized sauropods from the early Cretaceous period of South America, Africa and Europe . Possible khebbashians were Cathartesaura, Demandasaurus and Katepensaurus.


  • Full reference: F. Fanti, A. Cau, L. Cantelli, M. Hassine, and M. Auditore. 2015. New Information on Tataouinea hannibalis from the Early Cretaceous of Tunisia and Implications for the Tempo and Mode of Rebbachisaurid Sauropod Evolution. PLoS ONE 10(4):e0123475:1-46
  • P. D. Mannion, P. Upchurch, D. Schwarz and O. Wings. 2019. Taxonomic affinities of the putative titanosaurs from the Late Jurassic Tendaguru Formation of Tanzania: phylogenetic and biogeographic implications for eusauropod dinosaur evolution. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 185(3):784-909 [P. Mannion/P. Mannion/P. Mannion]