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Temporal range: Guadalupian-Early Triassic
Rhinesuchus BW.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Temnospondyli
Suborder: Stereospondyli
Family: Rhinesuchidae
Watson, 1919

Rhinesuchidae is a family of Temnospondyli that lived in the Permian period. Rhinesuchids can be differentiated from other temnospondyls by details of their skull in the otic (ear) region. They were the earliest-diverging members of the Stereospondyli, living in high-latitude environments of Gondwana (what is now South America and Africa) during the Guadalupian and Lopingian epochs. The taxonomy of this family has been convoluted, with more than twenty species having been recognized at one point; a 2017 review recognized only eight of them as valid. While several purported members of this group have been reported to have originated from the Triassic period, they are either dubious or do not belong to the group with the exception of Broomistega.[1]


  1. ^ Mariscano, C.A.; Latimer, E.; Rubidge, B.; Smith, R.M.H. (2017). "The Rhinesuchidae and early history of the Stereospondyli (Amphibia: Temnospondyli) at the end of the Palaeozoic". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlw032. 

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