Named By: C. A. Sidor & R. M. H. Smith - 2007.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Biarmosuchia, Burnetiamorpha.
Species: L. willodenensis (type).
Size: Reconstructed skull estimates at about 20 centimetres long. Total body length roughly estimated to be about 1 meter long.
Known locations: South Africa - Teekloof Formation.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
was a burnetiamorph biarmosuchian therapsid that lived in South Africa
during the late Permian. As a burnetiamorph Lophorhinus
was closer in
form to the genus Burnetia
than to Biarmosuchus.
Other genera that
Lophorhinus seems to be closely related to include Lobalopex
Lophorhinus had enlargeds canine teeth that were likely the main killing weapons available to Lophorhinus. The most distinctive features of the skull of Lophorhinus are the enlarged crests that rose up into points above and behind the eye sockets, as well as a smaller ridge-like crest that rises up from the snout between the nasals and eye sockets.
- A Second Burnetiamorph Therapsid from the Permian Teekloof Formation of South Africa and its Associated Fauna. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(2):420-430. - C. A. Sidor & R. M. H. Smith - 2007.