- Ophiderpeton brownriggi
- Wright and Huxley, 1866
- Meaning of generic name
- Snake Crawler
- Skull length: 4 cm, Length: 70 cm
- Nearly complete skeleton
- Age and Distribution
- Lower carboniferous (Visean), Coal measures of Jarrow Colliery, Ireland.
[How come the Arizona page links here too? Ah, it is swisshelmense in Arizona, no longer considered part of genus!]
- Lepospondyli Aistopoda Ophiderpetontidae
- Further Reading
- Huxley, T. H., in Wright E. P., and Huxley T. H., 1866, On a collection of fossils from the Jarrow Colliery, Kilkenna: Geological Magazine, v. 3, p. 165-171.
- Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Ophiderpeton is an aistopod, a snake-like limbless lepospondyl amphibian from the Lower Carboniferous of Ireland and Scotland. Ophiderpeton became extinct during the Permian Period. Ophiderpeton had a broader skull than the other aistopods and probably lived either an aquatic or a semi-aquatic life, feeding on small animals. Its body was very elongate with a long vertebral column; it probably lived a semi-aquatic lifestyle. Several species originally described as Ophiderpeton were transferred to different genera, such as Oestecephalus amphiuminum, a well known species from the Upper Carboniferous of Ohio. Today, there is only two species that are considered to belong to Ophiderpeton: O. brownriggi from Ireland and O. kirktonense from Scotland.