- Armadillosuchus arrudai
- Marinho & Carvalho, 2009
- Meaning of generic name
- "Armadillo crocodile".
- Meaning of specific name
- In honor of João Tadeu Arruda.
[Simplest latinisation of Arruda is - Arruda. Its genetive is not Arrudai (except very early on, before Classic Latin) but Arrudae]
- Skull length: , Length: [neither given]
- Holotype (UFRJ DG 303-R): Nearly complete skull and postcranial elements (vertebrae, ribs, partial forelimb, osteoderms)
Referred materials: MPMA-64-0001-04 (partial skull).
- Age and Distribution
- Horizon: Adamantina Formation, Bauru Basin. Late Cretaceous (Turonian-Santonian).
Locality: General Salgado County, São Paulo State, Brazil.
- Archosauromorpha Crurotarsi Paracrocodylomorpha Notosuchia Sphagesauridae
- Further Reading
- T. S. Marinho and I. d. S. Carvalho. 2009. An armadillo-like sphagesaurid crocodyliform from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 27(1):36-4.
- Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
This bizarre crocodylomorph from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil was protected by a heavy body armor akin to the armadillo and showed adaptation for a fossorial life. It belongs to the the family Sphagesauridae, a group of highly specialized crocodile relatives from the Late cretaceous of Brazil.