Named By: Fischer - 1841.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Dinocephalia?
Species: R. wangenheimi (type).
Known locations: Russia.
Time period: Mid/upper Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.
There has been a lot of uncertainty as to exactly what Rhopalodon was, but a 2005 study by Tverdokhlebov et al considered the genus to represent a mid-sized dinocephalian therapsid.
- Upper Permian vertebrates and their sedimentological context in the South Urals, Russia, - Earth-Science Reviews 69 27-77 55 - Valentin P. Tverdokhlebov, Galina I. Tverdokhlebova, Alla V. Minikh, Mikhail V. Surkov, and Michael J. Benton - 2005.