Temporal range: 416–359Ma Devonian
Porolepiformes is an order of prehistoric lobe-finned fish which lived during the Devonian period (about 416 to 359 million years ago). The group contains two families: Holoptychiidae and Porolepididae.
Porolepiformes was established by the Swedish paleontologist Erik Jarvik, and were thought to have given rise to the salamanders and caecilians independently of the other tetrapods. He based this conclusion on the shapes of the snouts of the aforementioned groups. This view is no longer in favour in Paleontology.
Jarvik also claimed the existence of choanae in porolepiformes which linked them to tetrapods, but this has remained controversial. Recent phylogenetic reconstruction places porolepiformes close to lungfishes.
Mikko's Phylogeny Archive 
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- Schultze, Hans-Peter & Trueb, Linda (1991). Origins of the higher groups of tetrapods: controversy and consensus. Cornell University Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-8014-2497-7.
- Clement, G., 2001. Evidence for lack of choanae in the Porolepiformes. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 21: 795–802.
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- Vorobyeva, E.I. (2006). "A new species of Laccognathus (Porolepiform Crossopterygii) from the Devonian of Latvia". Palaeont. J. (Physorg.com) 40 (3): 312–322. doi:10.1134/S0031030106030129.
- Haaramo, Mikko (2003). "Porolepiformes". in Mikko's Phylogeny Archive. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
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