|Named By:||Robert Broom in 1940|
|Time Period:||Late Permian, 260-251 Ma|
|Location:||South Africa. Tanzania - Usili Formation|
|Fossil(s):||Partial remains of several individuals|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Synapsida | Therapsida | Dicynodontia | Kingoriidae ||
|Also known as:||| Dicynodon nowacki | Dicynodon recurvidens | Kingoria ||
Dicynodontoides is a genus of small to medium-bodied, herbivorous, emydopoid dicynodont from the Late Permian. The name Dicynodontoides references its "dicynodont-like" appearance (dicynodont = two-dog-tooth) due to the caniniform tusks featured by most members of this infraorder. Kingoria, a junior synonym, has been used more widely in the literature than the more obscure Dicynodontoides, which is similar sounding to another distantly related genus of dicynodont, Dicynodon. Two species are recognized: D. recurvidens from South Africa, and D. nowacki from Tanzania.
Dicynodontoides is primarily known from fossil localities in South Africa and Tanzania, though several specimens unidentified to the species level are known from Zambia, Malawi, and India. Unlike several other members of the remarkably disparate emydopoid clade, Dicynodontoides did not survive into the Triassic, and its temporal distribution is restricted to the Late Permian.