Tritheledon is an extinct genus of cynodonts that lived during the Lower Jurassic. Fossils were found in the Elliot Formation, South Africa. Like all cynodonts, it had many traits shared by mammals. Tritheledonts were probably insectivores, and nocturnal animals.[1]

Temporal range: Early Jurassic
~201.6–189.6 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Clade: Therapsida
Clade: Cynodontia
Family: Tritheledontidae
Genus: Tritheledon
Broom 1912
T. riconoi
Binomial name
Tritheledon riconoi
Broom 1912


  1. ^ Luo, Z-X, Z Kielan-Jaworowska & RL Cifelli (2002), In quest for a phylogeny of Mesozoic mammals. Acta Palaeontol. Pol. 47: 1-78.

Further readingEdit

  • R. Broom. 1912. On a new type of cynodont from the Stormberg. Annals of the South African Museum 7:334-336