The Micropholidae are an extinct family of dissorophoid euskelian temnospondyls known from Late Carboniferous to Early Triassic strata in the United States and South Africa.

Temporal range: Late CarboniferousLate Permian, 307.1–252 Ma
Possible descendant taxon Lissamphibia survives to present.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Temnospondyli
Suborder: Euskelia
Superfamily: Dissorophoidea
Clade: Amphibamiformes
Family: Micropholidae
Watson, 1919


Members of Micropholidae were historically included in Amphibamidae, but Schoch (2019) recovered Amphibamidae as paraphyletic, necessitating resurrection of Micropholidae for Micropholis and closely related taxa.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ N. B. Fröbisch and R. R. Reisz. 2008. A New Lower Permian Amphibamid (Dissorophoidea, Temnospondyli) from the Fissure Fill Deposits near Richards Spur, Oklahoma. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(4):1015-1030
  2. ^ Frobisch, N. B.; Schoch, R. R. (2009). "Testing the Impact of Miniaturization on Phylogeny: Paleozoic Dissorophoid Amphibians". Systematic Biology. 58 (3): 312–327. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syp029. ISSN 1063-5157. PMID 20525586.
  3. ^ Huttenlocker, A.K.; Pardo, J.D.; Small, B.J. (2007). "Plemmyradytes shintoni, gen. et. sp. nov., an Early Permian Amphibamid (Temnospondyli:Dissorophoidea) from the Eskridge Formation, Nebraska". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 27 (2): 316–328. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27[316:PSGESN]2.0.CO;2.
  4. ^ Rainer R. Schoch (2018). The putative lissamphibian stem-group: phylogeny and evolution of the dissorophoid temnospondyls. Journal of Paleontology. Online edition. doi:10.1017/jpa.2018.67.