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Potanichthys xingyiensis
Temporal range: Ladinian (Middle Triassic)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Neopterygii
Order: Perleidiformes
Family: Thoracopteridae
Genus: Potanichthys
Xu, Zhao, Gao, & Wu, 2012
Species: P. xingyiensis
Binomial name
Potanichthys xingyiensis
Xu, Zhao, Gao, & Wu, 2012

Potanichthys is a fossil genus of flying or gliding fish found in deposits in China dating to the Ladinian age of the Middle Triassic epoch (237 to 228 million years ago). However, the fossil is not related to modern flying fish, which evolved independently about 66 million years ago. It is classified under the extinct family Thoracopteridae of the order Perleidiformes. It contains only one species, Potanichthys xingyiensis.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Xu, G. -H.; Zhao, L. -J.; Gao, K. -Q.; Wu, F. -X. (2012). "A new stem-neopterygian fish from the Middle Triassic of China shows the earliest over-water gliding strategy of the vertebrates". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 280 (1750): 20122261. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.2261. PMC 3574442. PMID 23118437.
  2. ^ Subbaraman, N. (2012). "Oldest flying fish fossil found in China". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2012.11707.

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