Named By: Huxley - 1896.
Classification: Chordata, Tetrapoda, Reptiliomorpha, Embolomeri, Eogyrinidae.
Species: P. scutigerum (type).
Size: Between 2 and 4.6 meters long, depending upon species.
Known locations: England, Yorkshire.
Time period: Westphalian of the Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Skull and forward portion of the post cranial skeleton.
was a genus of semi aquatic reptiliomorph that lived in England during
the Carboniferous period. However, in recent time there has been
speculation that Pholiderpeton and another
well-known genus named
Eogyrinus may actually represent the same genus of
animal. If this is
true then the first genus to be named would take priority, and in
this case that you be Pholiderpeton, since it was
named thirty years
before Eogyrinus. This might also call for a
change to the family
name the Eogyrinidae, since you usually can’t call a family group of
animals after a genus that no longer exists.
As an actual animal, Pholiderpeton had a proportionately long and narrow body with greatly reduced limbs. This body form meant that Pholiderpeton could easily navigate through the clogged swamps and water systems as it hunted for other vertebrates such as fish and amphibians.
- Pholiderpeton scutigerum Huxley, an amphibian from the Yorkshire Coal Measures. - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 318(1188): 1-107. - Jennifer A. Clack - 1987.