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Temporal range: Early Carboniferous
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: "Amphibia" (wide sense)
Subclass: Lepospondyli
Order: Adelospondyli
Watson, 1930

Adelospondyli is an order of elongate, presumably aquatic, Carboniferous amphibians. The skull is solidly roofed, and elongate, with the orbits located very far forward. The limbs are well developed. Most adelospondyls belong to the family Adelogyrinidae, although the adelospondyl Acherontiscus has been placed in its own family, Acherontiscidae. The group is restricted to the Mississippian (Serpukhovian Age) of Scotland.


  • Carroll, RL (1988), Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution, WH Freeman & Co.
  • von Zittel, K.A (1932), Textbook of Paleontology, CR Eastman (transl. and ed), 2nd edition, vol.2, p.225, Macmillan & Co.

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