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Acrodont is a formation of the teeth whereby the teeth are consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge of the jaw without sockets.[1] The term also refers to species of reptiles that have such a formation. This formation is common in the order Squamata,[2] with the only other teeth formation in this order being pleurodont. Acrodontal tooth attachment can also be seen in many teleosts and Sphenodons (tuatara).


  1. ^ Plough, F. H. et al. (2002) Vertebrate Life, 6th Ed. Prentice Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN 0-13-041248-1
  2. ^ Kearney, M. (2003) Systematics of the Amphisbaenia (Lepidosauria: Squamata) Based on Morphological Evidence from Recent and Fossil Forms. Herpetological Monographs. Vol. 17. pp. 1-74.

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