Suchomimus (“crocodile mimic”) is a genus of large spinosaurid dinosaur with a crocodile-like skull that lived between 121–113 million years ago, during the late Aptian stage of the Cretaceous period in Niger, Africa. The only species named in the genus is Suchomimus tenerensis.

The length of the type specimen of Suchomimus, a subadult, was initially estimated at 10.3–11 m (34–36 ft). Its weight was estimated at between 2.7 and 5.2 tonnes (2.7 and 5.1 long tons; 3.0 and 5.7 short tons).

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Fact file

  • Pronounced: sook-oh-mim-us
  • Meaning of name: crocodile mimic
  • Length: 11m
  • Diet: carnivorous
  • When it lived: Early Cretaceous (121 – 112 million years ago)
  • Found in: Niger

Taxonomic details

  • Taxonomy Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Spinosauroidea, Spinosauridae, Baryonychinae, Suchomimus
  • Named by Sereno, Beck, Dutheil, Gado, Larsson, Lyon, Marcot, Rauhut, Sadleir, Sidor, Varricchio, Wilson and Wilson (1998)
  • Type species tenerensis