Temporal range: Late Devonian
Johanson & Ahlberg, 1997
Mandageria (Pronunciation: Man-daj-ee-ree-a fair-fax-i) is an extinct genus of lobe-finned fish. Mandageria lived in the Late Devonian period (Frasnian – Famennian). It is in related group with Hyneria, however, Mandageria was smaller, but probably it hunted in the same way.
Mandageria was a large predator (about 1.5 to 2 metres in length). It had a long torpedo-shaped body and large tail fins. Mandageria also had large pectoral fins which had helped it manoeuvre around submerged logs when preparing to attack its prey. Mandageria had a functional neck joint, an otherwise uncommon feature among fish - Tiktaalik, Tarrasius, placoderms (esp. Arthrodira) and seahorses being other exceptions.
- Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra
- Johanson, Z., Ahlberg, P. and Ritchie, A. (March 2003). "The braincase and palate of the tetrapodomorph sarcopterygian mandageria fairfaxi: morphological variability near the fish–tetrapod transition". Palaeontology 46 (2): 271–293. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00298.
- Mandageria at Palaeos
- Review of Mandageria
- The braincase and palate of Mandageria fairfaxi
- The fossil skull of Mandageria
- Reconstruction of Mandageria
- Mandageria page and size comparison to a person and other lobe-finned fish
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