Genus: Saurorictus MODESTO & SMITH, 2001
Etymology: Greek, sauros, “lizard” and Latin, rictus, “display of teeth, grin or smile”: Thus lizard-smile in reference to the prominent dentition of this lizard forerunner.

Species: australis MODESTO & SMITH, 2001
Etymology: The specific epithet refers to the fact that this is the southernmost captorhinid yet discovered.

Holotype: SAM PK-8666

Locality: Farm Keuukloff 43, Beaufort West District, Western Cape Province, South Africa.


Biostratigraphy: Tropidostoma Assemblage zone.

Age: Tatarian Age, Lopingian Subepoch, Zechstein Epoch, Late Permian.

Material: Skull and dentaries with a few postcranial fragments.