Named By: D. W. Dilkes - 1990.
Synonyms: Acheloma pricei, Acheloma whitei.
Classification: Chordata, Amphibia, Temnospondyli,Trematopidae.
Species: P. pricei (type), P. whitei.
Known locations: USA, Texas - Archer City Formation & Nocona Formation.
Time period: Early Permian.
Fossil representation: Described from a partial skull, further remains are now attributed to the genus.
Phonerpeton was a fairly small temnospondyl amphibian that lived in what is now Texas during the early Permian. As a temnospondyl, Phonerpeton would have been a predator of other small vertebrates such as fish and smaller amphibians, though larger invertebrates may have also been taken.
- A new trematopsid amphibian (Temnospondyli: Dissorophoidea) from the Lower Permian of Texas. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30 (2): 222–243. - D. W. Dilkes - 1990.