Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Nigerpeton ricqlesi

Nigerpeton is a large Temnospondyl and is the last surviving representative of a group that flourished during the Late carboniferous, the Edopoids.

Nigerpeton ricqlesi
Sidor, O'Keefe, Damiani, Steyer, Smith, Larsson, Sereno, Ide and Maga, 2005
Meaning of generic name
Niger, for the country, and herpeton (Greek), meaning crawler
Meaning of specific name
ricqlesi, named for Armand de Ricqlès
Skull length: 60 cm, Length: .
Holotype (MNN MOR69): partial skull and associated atlas vertebrae.

Referred materials: MNN MOR70 (skull); MNN MOR83 (three isolated sacral neural arches with associated ribs); MNN MOR82 (partial femur).

Age and Distribution
Horizon: Moradi Formation (Izégouandane Group, Izégouandane Basin), Upper Permian (Wuchiapingian).

Locality: 20 km west of Arlit, north-central Niger.

Temnospondyli Edopoidea
Further Reading
Sidor, C. A., F. R. O’Keefe, R. Damiani, J.-S. Steyer, R. M. H. Smith, H. C. E. Larsson, P. C. Sereno, O. Ide, and A. Maga. 2005. Permian tetrapods from the Sahara show climate-controlled endemism in Pangaea. Nature 434:886–889.

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