|Named By:||Antonin Fritsch in 1875|
|Time Period:||Late Carboniferous, 307.1-302 Ma|
|Size:||15 centimetres long|
|Fossil(s):||Well enough preserved to give a good indication of size and structure|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Amphibia | Lepospondyli | Microsauria | Microbrachidae ||
Microbrachis ('small arm') is an extinct genus of lepospondyl amphibian from the Carboniferous period of what is now the Czech Republic.
Microbrachis was an elongated, salamander-like creature, about 15 centimetres (6 in) long, with over 40 vertebrae instead of the average 15-26 in its living relatives. It had minute limbs, and probably swam using fish-like lateral body movements. Microbrachis probably fed on fresh water plankton such as shrimp. Microbrachis was pedomorphic, retaining its larval gills in adulthood. Similar traits are found in the extant axolotl.