Temporal range: Jurassic
S. brachyrhynchus skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Thalattosuchia
Order: Metriorhynchidae
Family: Plesiosuchia
Genus: Suchodus
Richard Lydekker, 1890
Species: S. brachyrhynchus
Lydekker, 1890
Binomial name
S. durobrivensis
Jacques Amand Eudes-Deslongchamps, 1867

Suchodus is an extinct genus of marine crocodyliform from the Middle to Late Jurassic period of England and France.

Taxonomy and phylogeny

Suchodus durobrivense

Restoration of S. durobrivensis.

In the 2000s, phylogenetic analysis has shown that Suchodus is a distinct metriorhynchid genus.[1][2]

Valid species are:

  • S. brachyrhynchus: Western Europe (England and France) of the Middle-Late Jurassic (Callovian and Oxfordian) period; Metriorhynchus cultridens is a junior synonym.
  • S. durobrivensis: Western Europe (England and France) of the Middle Jurassic (Callovian). Was originally the type species of the genus Suchodus, but it was regarded as a junior synonym of Metriorhynchus by Andrews, 1913.[3]</small>


  1. Young, Mark T., and Marco Brandalise de Andrade, 2009. "What is Geosaurus? Redescription of Geosaurus giganteus (Thalattosuchia: Metriorhynchidae) from the Upper Jurassic of Bayern, Germany." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 157: 551-585.
  2. Young, Mark T., Brusatte, Stephen L., Ruta, M., Andrade, Marco B. 2009. "The evolution of Metriorhynchoidea (Mesoeucrocodylia, Thalattosuchia): an integrated approach using geometrics morphometrics, analysis of disparity and biomechanics". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158: 801-859.
  3. Andrews CW. 1913. A descriptive catalogue of the marine reptiles of the Oxford Clay, Part Two. London: British Museum (Natural History), 206 pp.
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