Named By: Robert Broom - 1912.
Synonyms: Emydops brachyops, Emydops longus, Emydops minimus, Emydops minor, Emydops parvus, Emydopsis longus, Emydopsis minimus, Opisthoctenodon brachyops, Pristerodon brachyops, Kistecephalus arctatus.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Dicynodontia, Emydopidae.
Species: E. arctatus (type), E. oweni.
Size: Skull about 5 centimetres long.
Known locations: India - Kundaram Formation. South Africa - Balfour Formation, Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone, Teekloof Formation.
Time period: Capitanian to Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Remains of several individuals.
Emydops is a genus of small dicynodont that lived across South Africa to India during the Late Permian. One notable observation about the genus is that while some skulls have tusks, others actually lack them.
- A new species of Emydops (Synapsida, Anomodontia) and a discussion of dental variability and pathology in dicynodonts. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (3): 770–787. - J. Fröbisch & R. R. Reisz - 2008.