Saharastega

Name: Saharastega ‭(‬Sahara roof‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sah-ha-rah-steg-ah.
Named By: C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬O'Keefe,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Damiani,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Steyer,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Larsson,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Sereno,‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Ide‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Maga‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Temnospondyli.
Species: S.‭ ‬moradiensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Skull measured at‭ ‬45‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬body estimated about‭ ‬1.8‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Niger‭ ‬-‭ ‬Moradi Formation.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skull.

       Although only first‭ ‬described from a skull,‭ ‬Saharastega shows similarities to Nigerpeton,‭ ‬and together the two genera are considered to be primitive members of the Temnospondyli.‭ ‬As with its other relatives,‭ ‬Saharastega probably never strayed too far from water where they were best adapted to live and hunt,‭ ‬though most temnospondyl amphibians could leave the water if they so wished.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Permian tetrapods from the Sahara show climate-controlled endemism in Pangaea.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature‭ ‬434:886-889‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬O'Keefe,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Damiani,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Steyer,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Larsson,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Sereno,‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Ide‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Maga‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
-‭ ‬The vertebrate fauna of the Upper Permian of Niger.‭ ‬V.‭ ‬The primitive temnospondyl Saharastega moradiensis‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬26‭ (‬3‭)‬:‭ ‬559‭–‬572‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Damiani‭ ‬.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Steyer,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Larsson,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Maga‭ & ‬O.‭ ‬Ide‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.



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