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Temporal range: Early Triassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Temnospondyli
Family: Rhytidosteidae
Genus: Pneumatostega
Cosgriff & Zawiskie, 1979
  • P. potamia Cosgriff & Zawiskie, 1979 (type)

Pneumatostega is an extinct genus of rhytidosteid temnospondyl from the early Triassic period of Cape Province of South Africa.[1] It is known from the holotype BPI F981, a dorsal mould of a skull roof and from the referred specimen SAM 11188, partial skull fragments and postcranial remains recovered from the Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone in the Beaufort Group near Middelburg. This genus was named by J. W. Cosgriff and J. M. Zawiskie in 1979, and the type species is Pneumatostega potamia.[2]


  1. ^ Dias-da-Silva, Sérgio; Marsicano, Claudia (2011). "Phylogenetic reappraisal of Rhytidosteidae (Stereospondyli: Trematosauria), temnospondyl amphibians from the Permian and Triassic". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 9 (2): 305–325. doi:10.1080/14772019.2010.492664. ISSN 1477-2019. 
  2. ^ Cosgriff, J. W. and Zawiskie, J. M. (1979). "A new species of the Rhytidosteidae from the Lystrosaurus Zone and a review of the Rhytidosteoidea". Palaeontologia Africana. 22: 1–27.