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Temporal range: Late Permian
Daptocephalus leoniceps skull at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
(unranked): Amniota
Class: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Anomodontia
Infraorder: Dicynodontia
Genus: Daptocephalus
van Hoepen, 1934
Species: Daptocephalus leoniceps
Owen, 1876
  • Rhachinocephalodon leoniceps (Owen, 1876)
  • Daptocephalus leontops Broom, 1913
  • Daptocephalus lissops Broom, 1913
  • Daptocephalus osborni Broom, 1921
  • Daptocephalus watsoni Broom ,1921
  • Dicynodon daptocephaloides Toerien, 1955
  • Dicynodon leontocephalus Broom, 1950
  • Dicynodon leontops Broom, 1913
  • Dicynodon lissops Broom, 1913
  • Dicynodon osborni Broom, 1921
  • Dicynodon watsoni Broom, 1921

Daptocephalus is an extinct genus of non-mammalian synapsid anomodont dicynodont, it which was found in Late Permian strata, in a biozone known precisely for the presence of fossils of this dicynodont, the Daptocephalus Zone, in the Karoo Basin in South Africa.[1] It may also represent an amphibian.[2][3]

cf. D. leoniceps

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Viglietti, P. A., Smith, R. M., Angielczyk, K. D., Kammerer, C. F., Fröbisch, J., & Rubidge, B. S. (2016). The Daptocephalus Assemblage Zone (Lopingian), South Africa: a proposed biostratigraphy based on a new compilation of stratigraphic ranges. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 113, 153-164.
  2. ^ Mikko's Phylogeny Archive. The main groups of non-mammalian synapsids at Mikko's Phylogeny Archive Daptocephalus.
  3. ^ R. F. Ewer. The anatomy of the anomodont Daptocephalus leoniceps (owen). Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. doi 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1961.tb05881.x