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Temporal range: Carboniferous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Lysorophia
Family: Lysorophidae
Genus: Brachydectes
Cope, 1868
Reconstructed skull

Brachydectes is an extinct genus of lysorophian amphibian that lived from the Carboniferous. It had a very small head (skull length about 1.7 cm) and an elongated body up to 43 cm long.[1]

Life reconstruction of Brachydectes newberryi


  • Gaining Ground: The Origin and Early Evolution of Tetrapods by Jennifer A. Clack
  • Amniote Origins: Completing the Transition to Land by Stuart Sumida and Karen L.M Martin