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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.





Name


Pholiderpeton scutigerum


Authority
   

Huxley, 1863


Meaning of the generic name





Size


Skull length: 30 cm; Length: 3 m


Remains


Disarticulated anterior half of the skeleton.


Age and Distribution


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


Classification


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.

 Synonyms






Life reconstruction of Pholiderpeton scutigerum (© N. Tamura)



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

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