|1st Species||Suchomimus tenerensis|
|Time Range||125-112 mya|
|Name Meaning||Crocodile mimic|
|Physical Dimensions||11.4 meters long|
Like its close relative Baryonyx, Suchomimus was a theropod with a semi-bulky body, webbed feet, moderately long legs, a long tail, moderately long arms with 3, long-clawed fingers on each hand, a moderately long neck, and a long head with large, notched jaws and small, conical teeth. As well as this, it had a small, angular hump on its back. Its body would have been covered in scaly skin.
Suchomimus was a predator, preying on sharks, gars, rays, small crocodylomorphs, small ornithischians, and smaller theropods. Its conical teeth were used for getting a hold of struggling prey while its large claws were used for ripping them apart, and a notch in its upper jaw would have helped in capturing them as well.
Like all other spinosaurids, Suchomimus was primarily piscivorous, swimming through its riverine habitat in search of prey in a similar manner to modern crocodiles; upon spotting potential prey, the dinosaur would snag it in its notched, toothy jaws and, depending on how big the prey item was, either swallow it headfirst or use its curved claws to slice it into smaller, more easily edible chunks of flesh. However, isotope studies show that it would have occasionally fed on terrestrial ornithopod dinosaurs like Ouranosaurus, much like how Baryonyx, its smaller relative, is known to have eaten juvenile Iguanodon from time to time. This primarily piscivorous lifestyle was a great contrast to the terrestrial theropod predators that lived with it (which typically preyed on larger sauropods such as Nigersaurus, but also occasionally ate Ouranosaurus and even fish), as well as the large, similarly semiaquatic crocodylomorph Sarcosuchus (which mainly fed on Ouranosaurus, but also incorporated fish into its diet). As well as this, the function of the hump on Suchomimus' back remains open to debate; as was the case with many other sail-backed and hump-backed prehistoric animals, the most prevalent theory at the time was that it was used to regulate its body temperature, although possible other theories include being used for display or for being used to store fat so that the dinosaur could survive harsh dry seasons (so far the most likely theory).