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Temporal range:
Pennsylvanian - Permian
Life restoration of Eryops megacephalus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Temnospondyli
Suborder: Euskelia
Superfamily: Eryopoidea
Cope, 1882

Eryopoidea are a taxon of late Carboniferous and Permian temnospondyli amphibians, known from North America and Europe. Carroll includes no less than ten families,[1] but Yates and Warren replace this with a cladistic approach and include three families, the Eryopidae, Parioxyidae and Zatrachydidae.[2] They define the Eryopoidea as all Euskelia in which the choana are relatively rounded and the iliac blade vertical. A similar definition but without the Euskelia is provided by Laurin and Steyer.[3]


  1. ^ Carroll, R. L. (1988). Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W.H. Freeman & Co. ISBN 0-7167-1822-7. 
  2. ^ Yates, A. M. & Warren, A. A. (2000). "The phylogeny of the 'higher' temnospondyls (Vertebrata: Choanata) and its implications for the monophyly and origins of the Stereospondyli". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 128 (1): 77–121. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2000.tb00650.x. 
  3. ^ Laurin. M and Steyer, J-S (2000). "Phylogeny and Apomorphies of Temnospondyls - Tree of Life project". 

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