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This list of prehistoric amphibians is an attempt to create a comprehensive listing of all genera from the fossil record that have ever been considered to be amphibians, excluding purely vernacular terms. The list includes all commonly accepted genera, but also genera that are now considered invalid, doubtful (nomina dubia), or were not formally published (nomina nuda), as well as junior synonyms of more established names, and genera that are no longer considered acanthodians. Modern forms are excluded from this list.

Naming conventions and terminologyEdit

Naming conventions and terminology follow the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Technical terms used include:

  • Junior synonym: A name which describes the same taxon as a previously published name. If two or more genera are formally designated and the type specimens are later assigned to the same genus, the first to be published (in chronological order) is the senior synonym, and all other instances are junior synonyms. Senior synonyms are generally used, except by special decision of the ICZN, but junior synonyms cannot be used again, even if deprecated. Junior synonymy is often subjective, unless the genera described were both based on the same type specimen.
  • Nomen nudum (Latin for "naked name"): A name that has appeared in print but has not yet been formally published by the standards of the ICZN. Nomina nuda (the plural form) are invalid, and are therefore not italicized as a proper generic name would be. If the name is later formally published, that name is no longer a nomen nudum and will be italicized on this list. Often, the formally published name will differ from any nomina nuda that describe the same specimen.
  • Nomen oblitum (Latin for "forgotten name"): A name that has not been used in the scientific community for more than fifty years after its original proposal.
  • Preoccupied name: A name that is formally published, but which has already been used for another taxon. This second use is invalid (as are all subsequent uses) and the name must be replaced. As preoccupied names are not valid generic names, they will also go unitalicized on this list.
  • Nomen dubium (Latin for "dubious name"): A name describing a fossil with no unique diagnostic features. As this can be an extremely subjective and controversial designation, this term is not used on this list.

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Adelospondylus2

Adelospondylus

Albanerpeton BW

Albanerpeton

Amphibamus BW

Amphibamus

ArchegosaurusDB3

Archegosaurus

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Beelzebufo BW

Beelzebufo

Balanerpeton BW

Balanerpeton

Batrachosuchus1DB

Batrachosuchus

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Cacops1DB

Cacops

Cardiocephalus BW

Cardiocephalus

Compsocerops BW

Compsocerops

Chunerpeton BW

Chunerpeton

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Diplocaulus BW

Diplocaulus

DvinosaurusDB2

Dvinosaurus

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Eocaecilia BW

Eocaecilia

Eryops BW

Eryops

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Gerrothorax BW

Gerrothorax

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Karaurus BW

Karaurus

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Laidleria1DB

Laidleria

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Mastodonsaurus torvus DB

Mastodonsaurus

Metoposaurus bakeri1DB

Metoposaurus

Microbrachis BW

Microbrachis

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Ophiderpeton BW

Ophiderpeton

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Platyhystrix BW

Platyhystrix

Prosalirus BW

Prosalirus

Peltobatrachus BW

Peltobatrachus

Pantylus1DB

Pantylus

Paracyclotosaurus1DB

Paracyclotosaurus

Pelodosotis1DB

Pelodosotis

Pelorocephalus1DB

Pelorocephalus

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Rhinesuchus BW

Rhinesuchus

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Sclerocephalus1DB

Sclerocephalus

Saharastega BW

Saharastega

Siderops2DB

Siderops

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Triadobatrachus BW

Triadobatrachus

Trematosaurus1DB

Trematosaurus

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Wetlugasaurus BW

Wetlugasaurus

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Zatrachys1DB

Zatrachys

See alsoEdit

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