Lonchidion was a genus of very successful freshwater hybodontid shark that lived for most of the Mesozoic. Most fossils attributed to Lonchidion are Cretaceous in age, though Jurassic and even Late Triassic fossils are also known. Also, while Lonchidion has been mostly associated with North America and Europe, fossils from Africa and Asia are now starting to be identified, hinting at a cosmopolitan (global) distribution for the genus across different species. Hybodont sharks like Lonchidion are seen as being generalists, capable of hunting and efficiently killing anything from fish and cephalopods, to shelled crustaceans. It is this adaptability which is seen as the main reason for the success of this shark genus during the Mesozoic, and it is also mirrored within some of the relative shark genera to Lonchidion such as Hybodus.
In Saurian Edit
Lonchidion is expected to appear in Saurian. Its' color is a mostly brown body with a white underbelly, black fin tips, and white spines and yellow eyes to match its' habitat. In the book Saurian: A Field Guide to Hell Creek, it is stated that the Lonchidion is a “spiny-finned freshwater shark...” and a “holdover from the Triassic period.” It also states that the Lonchidion in Saurian is a still yet to be named species and not L. selachos.
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