Suchosaurus Cultridens
Suchosaurus cultridens illustrated
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
clade: Dinosauria
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Spinosauridae
Genus: Suchosaurus
Owen, 1841
Species: S. cultridens
Type species
Suchosaurus cultridens
Owen, 1841

Suchosaurus (meaning "crocodile lizard") is a more vague; unclarified genus of Baryonychinae theropod belonging to Spinosauridae. Known only from 2 teeth, Suchosaurus is possibly the same species as its close relative, Baryonyx walkeri. It was also originally classed as a species of crocodilian when it was first discovered due to the similarity between their skulls.

Suchosaurus cultridens by teratophoneus-d4wz4el

Suchosaurus drawing


Two possible species have been identified, S.cultridens and S. girardi. The tooth of S. girardi resembled those of Baryonyx so much that it has been classed as a junior synonym which means that it is actually Baryonyx Girardi, which only leaves one species of Suchosaurus left. This would mean that Baryonyx's range would expand and it would have a more detailed life cycle. [1]

This creature was a fairly average sized European spinosaur. Reaching up to anywhere between 7 and 9 metres long and 2-3 metres tall and weighing 1-2 tons. Because of its elongated snout, many conical teeth and its close relative Baryonyx walkeri having a diet that is similiar to the Baryonyx. This creature lived in early cretaceous England where it would have been one of the larger and more dominant carnivores due to the limited amounts of theropod dinosaurs within England isles. [2]

250px-Suchosaurus teeth

The two teeth attributed to this theropod genus

This spinosaur would have definitely categorized directly within the sub-family baryonychinae because of its striking similarity and anatomical features to the aforementioned genus. This would make it distant from spinosaurus and spinosaurinae subfamily; because it might have lacked a sail or had a very small one. Other members of baryonychinae would include Cristatusaurus Lapparenti, Sigilmassasaurus brevicollis, Ichthyovenator laosensis, Suchomimus tenerensis, Riprovenator; Ceratosuchops and Baryonyx walkeri.

Validity and Identification[]

A research has been conducted to show; validify and differentiate the Suchosaurus from The Baryonyx. The team analyzed the remains of both genuses and come to the conclusion that Suchosaurus shows enough differentiation and diversification to be considered distinct from the Baryonyx itself. A more diverse ecosystem that has more Spinosauridae species in it is actually not a suprising discovery. As its been noted to occur several times throughout 4 to 5 spinosaurid baryonychinae species in Iberia; as well as two to three additional species co existing at the same time in Isle of Wight; such as Riparovenator and Ceratosuchops.[3]