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Temporal range: Carnian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Therapsida
Clade: Cynodontia
Family: Ecteniniidae
Genus: Ecteninion
Martínez et al. 1996
Type species
Ecteninion lunensis
Martínez et al. 1996

Ecteninion is an extinct genus of meat-eating cynodonts that lived during the Late Triassic (Carnian) in South America. The type species Ecteninion lunensis was named by R.N. Martinez, C.L. May, and C.A. Forster in 1996. E. lunensis is known from a nearly complete skull of about 11 centimetres (4.3 in) in length. It was found in the Cancha de Bochas Member of the Ischigualasto Formation in the Ischigualasto-Villa Unión Basin in northwestern Argentina.[1] It has been interpreted as a basal eucynodont. The holotype is in the collection of the Universidad Nacional de San Juan.


Further reading[edit]

  • Martinez et al. (1996) "A new carnivorous cynodont from the Ischigualasto formation (Late Triassic, Argentina), with comments on eucynodont phylogeny." J. Vert. Paleontol. 16(2), p. 271-284.