Pangerpeton

Pangerpeton is an extinct genus of salamanders. Its monotypic species is Pangerpeton sinensis.

Pangerpeton
Temporal range: Middle or Late Jurassic, 164 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Suborder: Cryptobranchoidea
Genus: Pangerpeton
Wang & Evans, 2006
Type species
Pangerpeton sinensis
Wang & Evans, 2006

Pangerpeton is a metamorphosed, primitive salamander from the Late Jurassic Daohugou fossil bed near Wubaiding Village of Lingyuan City, Liaoning Province, China.

Yuan Wang and Susan E. Evans (2006)[1] named this new taxon with a phylogenetic analysis of caudates at familial level including fossil taxa, such as Marmorerpeton, Karaurus, Jeholotriton, Chunerpeton, Liaoxitriton, Iridotriton, and Valdotriton. The analysis placed Pangerpeton as a sister taxon to Jeholotriton from the equivalent fossil bed, and the two are close to the base of crown−group Urodela either just outside it or just within.

This Jurassic amphibian is characterized by its short trunk (only 14 presacrals) and short and wide head, giving a fat body shape, from which the genus name was derived ("Pang" means fat in Chinese).

See also

  • Prehistoric amphibian
  • List of prehistoric amphibians

References

  1. Wang, Y., Evans, S. E., 2006. A new short-bodied salamander from the Upper Jurassic/Lower Cretaceous of China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 51(1):127~130.


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