Macropetalichthys

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Macropetalichthys rapheidolabis
Temporal range: Early Devonian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Class: Placodermi
Order: Petalichthyida
Family: Macropetalichthyidae
Genus: Macropetalichthys
Norwood & Owen, 1846
Species: M. rapheidolabis
Binomial name
Macropetalichthys rapheidolabis
Norwood & Owen, 1846

Macropetalichthys is a genus of placoderm fish, named by Norwood and Owen in 1846; the name "Macropetalichthys" means "armour-plated fish". It was assigned to Arthrodira by Woodward (1891); and to Petalichthida by Sepkoski (2002). It contains a single species, M. rapheidolabis.

  • Range: Early Devonian of Europe, China & Australia
  • Characters: Like primitive Arthrodira. Dorsoventrally compressed; orbits face dorsally; widely splayed pectoral fins, with cornua common; no post-pectoral plates; plates ornamented with linear rows of tubercles; strictly benthonic?

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