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Pholiderpeton scutigerum

Pholiderpeton scutigerum was a typical Eogyrinid, very similar to Eogyrinus (The two are often considered to be cogeneric) with an elongated body, long tail and short limbs adapted for aquatic life. It is known by a partial disarticulated skeleton of the anterior portion of the animal (including the skull and the forelimbs) from the Upper carboniferous Coal measures of Yorkshire. The animal has apparently died inside the trunk of a Lepidodendron. A second species, P. bretonense of the Namurian of Nova Scotia, Canada, has been described by Romer in 1958.


Pholiderpeton scutigerum


Huxley, 1863

Meaning of the generic name


Skull length: 30 cm; Length: 3 m


Disarticulated anterior half of the skeleton.

Age and Distribution

Coal measures of Yorkshire (Upper Carboniferous, Westphalian A), England, UK.


Tetrapoda Emblomeri Eogyrinidae

  Further Reading

Clack, J. A. (1987). Pholiderpeton scutigerum Huxley, an amphibian from the Yorkshire Coal Measures. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 318(1188): 1-107.


Life reconstruction of Pholiderpeton scutigerum (© N. Tamura)

Skeletal reconstruction of Pholiderpeton scutigerum based on the Holotype. From Clack, 1987.