Australian Museum Journal A new Middle Devonian arthrodire (placoderm fish) from the Broken River area, Queensland

Shortform:
Young, 2005, Rec. Aust. Mus. 57(2): 211–220
Author(s):
Young, Gavin C.
Year published:
2005
Title:
A new Middle Devonian arthrodire (placoderm fish) from the Broken River area, Queensland
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
57
Issue:
2
Start page:
211
End page:
220
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.57.2005.1443
Language:
English
Date published:
08 June 2005
Cover date:
08 June 2005
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
DEVONIAN; FISHES
Digitized:
08 June 2005
Available online:
08 June 2005
Reference number:
1443
EndNote package:
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Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (1433kb PDF)

Abstract

Associated bones of the trunk-armour belonging to a large brachythoracid arthrodire are described as Confractamnis johnjelli n.gen. and n.sp. The specimen comes from strata of probable Eifelian age in the Broken River Group of Queensland. It shows a range of derived brachythoracid features including reduction of dermal ornament, and strong development of the dermal neck joint articulation. The posterior dorsolateral and posterior lateral plates of the trunk armour were high and narrow, and the anterior lateral plate had a distinctive narrow bilobed dorsal angle as indicated by the shape of its overlap area on the anterior dorsolateral plate. A provisional reconstruction suggests that the bones came from a large fish over 2 m in length. A cross section of the trunk armour is compared with the large arthrodire Taemasosteus from the Early Devonian of Burrinjuck, New South Wales. A possible close relative of this new taxon has been illustrated from the Early Devonian of Morocco, supporting other indications of resemblance in placoderm fish assemblages between these regions of east and north Gondwana during the Early-Middle Devonian.

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