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Named By: S. P. Modesto, D. M. Scott, J. BothainBrink & R. R. Reisz in 2010
Time Period: Early Triassic
Location: South Africa - Katberg Formation
Size: Skull roughly about 26 millimetres long
Diet: Durophagovore
Fossil(s): Partial skull
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Parareptilia | Procolophonomorpha | Procolophonidae | Leptopleuroninae |

Phonodus is an extinct genus of procolophonid parareptile. It is known from a single skull found from the Early Triassic Katberg Formation in South Africa. It is the oldest known member of the subfamily Leptopleuroninae, and was likely the result of a procolophonid migration into the Karoo Basin from Laurasia after the Permo-Triassic extinction event. Because Phonodus had large maxillary teeth underneath a large antorbital buttress (a bony prominence in front of the eye), and a lack of ventral temporal emargination along the side of the skull, it probably had a durophagous diet.

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