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This is the 'crocodile mimic', or Suchomimus. A large meat-eater. Everything about this dinosaur says 'keep your distance'.

Suchomimus is a genus of spinosaurid dinosaur that originated from Early Cretaceous Africa. Recognizable by the long and shallow crocodile-like skull, Suchomimus is unlocked while progressing through the Security Division on Isla Pena, and can subsequently be unlocked in the Research Center.

The Suchomimus was first added to the game with the Deluxe Dinosaur Pack.

History

Suchomimus was planned by InGen as an attraction in Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, though it had yet to be cloned before the 1993 incident. A 1996 asset catalogue of the dinosaurs present on Nublar and Isla Sorna, states that 75% of the Suchomimus genome had been mapped.[1] Due to its presence on InGen's list, the illegally cloned Spinosaurus encountered on Sorna by the survivors of a plane crash on the island in 2001 was erroneously speculated to be a Suchomimus by Billy Brennan.[2]

Suchomimus was later cloned by InGen for Jurassic World on Isla Nublar, where it lived alongside Baryonyx and a selection of herbivorous dinosaurs in the Cretaceous Cruise area of the island. After the park was abandoned in 2015, surviving populations of Suchomimus were still extant on Nublar as of 2018.[1]

Characteristics

A large species of carnivorous dinosaur, closely related to the smaller Baryonyx and the larger Spinosaurus, Suchomimus can be distinguished by its elongated snout and brightly colored hide. The base genome of the Suchomimus is dark blue, with yellow stripes and patterns across much of the body, and particularly the underbelly.

Behaviour

Suchomimus is considered a "large carnivore" in the game, similar to its cousin the Spinosaurus. This means it can be extremely territorial and will seek out rivals to defeat. While it can be housed with some smaller carnivores quite well, any of the larger herbivores or carnivores will be sought out and challenged, even if they are physically larger than the Crocodile Mimic. Suchomimus can be kept alone or in a pair. Like most large carnivores, Suchomimus can also be kept with sauropods, except for Nigersaurus.

Paleontology

A Suchomimus with savannah pattern.

Suchomimus lived in Niger during the Early Cretaceous period. One of the largest of the spinosaurid family overshadowed only by Spinosaurus, the diet of Suchomimus mainly consisted of large fish it caught from deltas and rivers, small to medium-sized dinosaurs, pterosaurs as well as scavenged animals; whereas its narrow jaws were thought to be fragile for tackling large prey. Similiar to Spinosaurus, Suchomimus had a raised vertebrae which supported a small fatty hump, which seemed to have been a common trait in many spinosaurids.

A study researched on spinosaurids concluded that they had a noticeable bite force. On the case of Suchomimus, its bite force is likely comparable to alligators, demonstrating a probable capability for terrestrial prey capture.[3][4]

Paleoecology

Suchomimus lived in an inland habitat of extensive freshwater floodplains and fast-moving rivers, with a tropical climate that likely experienced seasonal dry periods. It lived alongside a myriad of other dinosaurs, including the ornithopod Ouranosaurus, the sauropod Nigersaurus, and the carcharodontosaurid Eocarcharia.

Available genomes

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Tegama Beds
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12
8

Skins

Behind the scenes

Suchomimus is one of the species that, despite being canon, has not appeared in any of the Jurassic films yet. So instead, the development team took inspiration from the design that is used in the promotional websites for Jurassic World, created by the renowned paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi.[5]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 What Killed the Gene Guard Act?. (February 23, 2018). Dinosaur Protection Group. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  2. Johnston, Joe. (Director). (2001). Jurassic Park III [Film]. Universal Pictures.
  3. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0065295
  4. a29944b0-7b4e-4f62-8124-92fd606f60f7
  5. Suchomimus. (n.d.). Jurassic World. Archived from the original on March 24, 2017.

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