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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Temnospondyli
Suborder: Stereospondyli
Superfamily: Brachyopoidea
Family: Brachyopidae
Lydekker, 1885

Brachyopidae is an extinct family of Temnospondyl labyrintodonts.[1] They evolved in the early Mesozoic and were mostly aquatic. A fragmentary find from Lesotho, Africa is estimated to have been 7 metres (23 ft) long, the largest amphibian ever known to have lived besides Prionosuchus.[2]


  1. ^ Warren, A. A., & Marsicano, C. (1998) Revision of the Brachyopidae (Temnospondyli) from the Triassic of the Sydney, Carnarvon and Tasmania Basin, Australia: Alcheringa v. 22, p. 329-342.
  2. ^ Steyer, J.S. & Damiani, R. (2005): A giant brachyopoid temnospondyl from the Upper Triassic or Lower Jurassic of Lesotho. Bulletin de la Societe Geologique de France, no. 3: pp 243-248. doi:10.2113/176.3.243 abstract

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