Aspidosaurus

Name: Aspidosaurus.
Phonetic: As-pid-o-sore-us.
Named By: Broili‭ ‬-‭ ‬1904.
Synonyms: Broiliellus novomexicanus,‭ ‬Zatrachys apicalis,‭ ‬Zatrachys crucifer.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Temnospondyli,‭ ‬Dissorophidae,‭ ‬Cacopinae.
Species: A.‭ ‬apicalis,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬binasser,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬chiton,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬crucifer,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬glascocki,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬novomexicanus.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ & ‬Texas.
Time period: Artinskian to Kungurian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Several individuals,‭ ‬though usually very incomplete.

       A possible close relative of the genus Cacops,‭ ‬Aspidosaurus is noted for having a single row of bony armour plates than ran down its spine.‭ ‬Aspidosaurus had fairly slender teeth that were the same size throughout the mouth.‭ ‬These were probably used to seize small animals such as fish,‭ ‬amphibians and possible early reptiles.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Aspidosaurus binasser‭ (‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Temnospondyli‭)‬,‭ ‬a new species of dissorophidae from the Lower Permian of Texas‭ ‬-‭ ‬D.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Berman‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Lucas‭ ‬-‭ ‬2003.



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