Rhynchocephalia is an order of lizard-like reptiles that includes only two living species of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus and Sphenodon guntheri), which only inhabit parts of New Zealand. Despite its current lack of diversity, the Rhynchocephalia at one time included a wide array of genera in several families, and represents a lineage stretching back to the Mesozoic Era. Many of the niches occupied by lizards today were then held by sphenodontians. There were even several successful groups of aquatic sphenodontians such as pleurosaurs and the bizarre Ankylosphenodon.

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  • Rhynchocephalia is an order of lizard-like reptiles that includes only two living species of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus and Sphenodon guntheri), which only inhabit parts of New Zealand. Despite its current lack of diversity, the Rhynchocephalia at one time included a wide array of genera in several families, and represents a lineage stretching back to the Mesozoic Era. Many of the niches occupied by lizards today were then held by sphenodontians. There were even several successful groups of aquatic sphenodontians such as pleurosaurs and the bizarre Ankylosphenodon. (en)
  • RhynchocephaliaFichier:Tuatera.JPG Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) Ordre RhynchocephaliaGünther, 1867 Synonymes * Sphenodontia Williston, 1925 Les rhynchocéphales (Rhynchocephalia parfois Sphenodontia) sont un des deux ordres de lepidosauriens. Ce groupe dont les plus anciens fossiles connus remontent au Trias ne comprend plus que 2 espèces actuelles endémiques de Nouvelle-Zélande. (fr)
  • I rincocefali (Rhynchocephalia, che in greco significa testa a becco) sono un ordine di rettili considerati fossili viventi per le loro caratteristiche arcaiche. L'unico rappresentante vivente di quest'ordine è il tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). (it)
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  • Günther, 1867
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  • Middle Triassic - Holocene,
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  • Rhynchocephalians
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  • * Gephyrosaurus * Sphenodontia (Williston, 1925) ** †Godavarisaurus ** †Sphenocondor ** †Rebbanasaurus ** †Sphenovipera ** †Theretairus ** †Pamizinsaurus ** Clevosaurus ** Brachyrhinodon ** Diphydontosaurus ** Homoeosaurus ** Kallimodon ** Planocephalosaurus ** Sapheosaurus ** Ankylosphenodon ** Opisthodontia ** Pleurosauridae ** Sphenodontidae
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  • Rhynchocephalia is an order of lizard-like reptiles that includes only two living species of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus and Sphenodon guntheri), which only inhabit parts of New Zealand. Despite its current lack of diversity, the Rhynchocephalia at one time included a wide array of genera in several families, and represents a lineage stretching back to the Mesozoic Era. Many of the niches occupied by lizards today were then held by sphenodontians. There were even several successful groups of aquatic sphenodontians such as pleurosaurs and the bizarre Ankylosphenodon. (en)
  • RhynchocephaliaFichier:Tuatera.JPG Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) Ordre RhynchocephaliaGünther, 1867 Synonymes * Sphenodontia Williston, 1925 Les rhynchocéphales (Rhynchocephalia parfois Sphenodontia) sont un des deux ordres de lepidosauriens. Ce groupe dont les plus anciens fossiles connus remontent au Trias ne comprend plus que 2 espèces actuelles endémiques de Nouvelle-Zélande. (fr)
  • I rincocefali (Rhynchocephalia, che in greco significa testa a becco) sono un ordine di rettili considerati fossili viventi per le loro caratteristiche arcaiche. L'unico rappresentante vivente di quest'ordine è il tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). (it)
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  • Rhynchocephalia (en)
  • Rhynchocephalia (fr)
  • Rhynchocephalia (it)
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