Acrodont is a formation of the teeth whereby the teeth are consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge of the jaw without sockets.[1] The term also refers to species of reptiles that have such a formation. This formation is common in the order Squamata,[2] with the most other teeth formation in this order being pleurodont, although an extinct snake Dinilysia was thecodont.[3] Acrodontal tooth attachment can also be seen in most rhynchocephalians including Sphenodon, as well as some lizards such as chameleons[4].


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  2. ^ Kearney, M. (2003) Systematics of the Amphisbaenia (Lepidosauria: Squamata) Based on Morphological Evidence from Recent and Fossil Forms. Herpetological Monographs. Vol. 17. pp. 1-74.
  3. ^ Budney, Lisa A.; Caldwell, Michael W.; Albino, Adriana (2006). "Tooth socket histology in the Cretaceous snake Dinilysia, with a review of amniote dental attachment tissues". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 26 (1): 138–145. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2006)26[138:TSHITC]2.0.CO;2. JSTOR 4524544.
  4. ^ Edmund, A. G. (1969). "Dentition". Biology of the Reptilia. 1: 117–200. Retrieved 16 August 2017.

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