Chunerpeton tianyiensis is an extinct species of salamander from the Late Jurassic Daohugou Beds in Ningcheng County, Nei Mongol (Inner Mongolia), China. It is the only species classified under the genus Chunerpeton.[1] It was a small animal measuring 18 cm in length.[2]

Chunerpeton tianyiensis
Temporal range: Middle or Late Jurassic, 164 Ma
Fossil specimen of C. tianyiensis, Beijing Museum of Natural History
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Clade: Caudata
Order: Urodela
Suborder: Cryptobranchoidea
Genus: Chunerpeton
Gao & Shubin, 2003
C. tianyiensis
Binomial name
Chunerpeton tianyiensis
Gao & Shubin, 2003

It lived with other primitive salamanders, e.g. Jeholotriton paradoxus Wang 2000, Liaoxitriton daohugouensis Wang 2004, and Pangerpeton sinensis Wang & Evans 2006 of the same age.

The strata containing these fossil salamanders, the Daohugou Beds, is controversial in its age, ranging from Middle Jurassic to Early Cretaceous.


  1. Ke-Qin Gao & Neil H. Shubin (27 March 2003). "Earliest known crown-group salamanders". Nature. 422 (6930): 424–428. doi:10.1038/nature01491. PMID 12660782.
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