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Parotosuchus dirus Chernin 1978 (tetrapod)

Osteichthyes - Temnospondyli - Mastodonsauridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 269987

Full reference: S. Chernin. 1978. Three capitosaurs from the Triassic of South Africa: Parotosuchus africanus (Broom 1909); Kestrosaurus dreyeri Haughton 1925, and Parotosuchus dirus sp. nov. Palaeontologia africana 21:79-100

Belongs to Mastodonsauridae according to R. J. Damiani 2001

Sister taxa: Bulgosuchus, Capitosaurus arenaceus, Capitosaurus bogdoanus, Capitosaurus polaris, Cherninia, Cyclotosaurus spitzbergensis, Heptasaurus, Jammerbergia, Komatosuchus, Labyrinthodon lavisi, Mastodonsaurus vaslenensis, Stenotosaurus, Subcyclotosaurus, Tatrasuchus, Wellesaurus, Odontosaurus voltzii, Odontosaurus, Xestorrhytias, Xenotosuchus, Xestorrhytias perrini, Selenocarinae, Archotosaurus, Kestrosaurus

Type specimen: SAM-PK-K434, a mandible (Fragments of lower jaw). Its type locality is Aliwal North Area, which is in an Anisian terrestrial siliciclastic in the Burgersdorp Formation of South Africa.

Ecology: amphibious carnivore