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Apateon

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Branchiosauridae
Rank  Genus
Class  Amphibia
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Temnospondyli
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Similar  Micromelerpeton, Temnospondyli, Branchiosaurus, Onchiodon, Dissorophoidea

Apateon is an extinct genus of temnospondyl amphibian within the family Branchiosauridae.

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Fossil record

Apateon Apateon pedestris

Fossils of Apateon are found in freshwaters strata of Permian of Germany (age range: from 295.0 to 290.1 million years ago.).

Description

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These amphibians could reach a length of about 5–12 centimetres (2.0–4.7 in), while the length of the skull could reach 8–24 millimetres (0.31–0.94 in). They resembled a salamander and had a laterally flattened tail with a long fin. The body was completely covered with rounded scales.The portion of the skull behind the eyes was quite short. On opposite sides of the head there are three pairs of long, spiral-shaped external gills. They had a weakly ossified skeleton and a wide, short skull, with huge eye holes. The teeth were small and peaked. On the hands are present four fingers.

Biology and lifestyle

Apateon Apateon pedestris Fossil

Apateon were sexually mature in the larval state, with the retention by adults of traits seen in the young (neoteny). This fully aquatic animals lived in semi-permanent lakes and ponds. They fed on microorganisms.

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References

Apateon Wikipedia