Family Cryptobranchidae Cope 1889 (hellbender)

Osteichthyes - Caudata - Urodela

Alternative spelling: Cryptobranchiidae

Parent taxon: Cryptobranchoidea according to P. P. Skutschas and Y. M. Gubin 2012

See also Böhme 2008, Carroll 1988, Estes 1981, Frank and Ramus 1996, Gao and Shubin 2001, Gao and Shubin 2003, Holman 1977, Holman et al. 1990, Kuhn 1946 and Vasilyan and Böhme 2012

Sister taxa: Chunerpeton, Nuominerpeton

Subtaxa: Andrias Aviturinae Cryptobranchus Eoscapherpeton

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Type: Cryptobranchus

Ecology: amphibious carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (6: Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia collections)

• Miocene of Canada (1: Saskatchewan), Germany (6), United States (5: Colorado, Nebraska)

• Oligocene of Germany (1), Kazakhstan (1)

• Paleocene of Canada (1: Saskatchewan), Mongolia (1), United States (1: Wyoming)

• Cretaceous of Tajikistan (1), Uzbekistan (2)

Total: 26 collections including 29 occurrences

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