Aldabrachampsus dilophus Brochu, 2006

Aldabra horned (terrestrial) crocodile



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Less than 120ka (Brochu, 2006)



Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles


Biology & Ecology

The Aldabra horned terrestrial crocodile (Aldabrachampsus dilophus) was probably around 2 meters long at maturity (Brochu et al. 2010). However, more recently reported crocodilian material that may be attributable to this species is larger than previous estimates for the species (Scheyer et al. 2018).



Holotype: NHMUK R8795 (partial skull, multiple vertebrae and left femur)






Original scientific description:

Brochu, Christopher A. (2006). A New Miniature Horned Crocodile from the Quaternary of Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean. Copeia 2006(2): 149-58. [Abstract]


Other references:

Brochu, C. A., Njau, J., Blumenschine, R. J. and Densmore, L. D. (2010). A New Horned Crocodile from the Plio-Pleistocene Hominid Sites at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9333.

Scheyer, Torsten M. et al. (2018). Trophic interactions between larger crocodylians and giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean, during the Late Pleistocene. Royal Society Open Science 5: 171800.


Incidental literature:

Braithwaite, C. J. R., Taylor, J. D. and Kennedy, W. J. (1973). The Evolution of an Atoll: The Depositional and Erosional History of Aldabra. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 266(878): 307-340. [[url=]Abstract[/url]]


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