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meaning: "Diandong crocodile"
Named By: C. Li, X. inC. Wu, L. Zhao, T. Sato & L. Wang in 2012
Time Period: Middle Triassic
Location: China, Yunna Province - Falang Formation, Zhuganpo Member
Size: Total length estimated about 1.5 meters long
Diet: Piscivore
Fossil(s): Almost complete skull and skeleton missing the tail
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Rauisuchia | Paracrocodylomorpha | Poposauroidea |

Diandongosuchus is an extinct genus of archosauriform reptile, possibly a member of the Phytosauria, known from the Middle Triassic of China. The type species Diandongosuchus fuyuanensis was named in 2012 from the Falang Formation of Yunnan Province. It is a marine species that shows similarities with another Chinese Triassic species called Qianosuchus mixtus, although it has fewer adaptations toward marine life. It was originally classified as the basal-most member of the pseudosuchian clade Poposauroidea. However, a subsequent study conducted by Stocker et al. (2016, 2017) indicated it to be the basalmost known phytosaur instead.

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