A new Pycnodontid (Actinopterygii) in the late Jurassic of the Solnhofen Archipelago

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Martin Ebert
Martina Kölbl-Ebert
Christian Schulbert


Pycnodontiformes are an extinct order of Actinopterygian fishes, present from the Late Triassic (Norian) to the Eocene. With their mostly deep, laterally compressed bodies and comparatively large fins, these fishes were mostly highly manoeuvrable reef fish. The genus Macromesodon Blake, 1905 (sensu Poyato-Ariza and Wenz, 2004) is divided again in the genus Macromesodon, with Macromesodon macropterus (Agassiz, 1834) as the only species and the genus Apomesodon Poyato-Ariza and Wenz, 2002.

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