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  • Holophagus penicillata EGERTON, 1861


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    Taxonomy

    Coelacanth

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Coelacanthimorpha
    Order: Coelacanthiformes
    Family: Latimeriidae
    Genus: Holophagus
    Species: H. penicillata
    Author Citation EGERTON, 1861

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Mesozoic
    Period: Jurassic
    Epoch: Late
    Age: Tithonian

    Stratigraphy

    Weißjura Group
    Painten Formation

    Biostratigraphy

    Beckeri Zone
    Ulmense Subzone
    eigeltingense-Horizon

    Provenance

    Acquired by: Purchase/Trade

    Dimensions

    Length: 32cm

    Location

    Rygol Quarry
    Painten
    Bavaria
    Germany

    Comments

    Also known as Undina penicillata.

    Holophagus is a coelacanth with the classical shape that has remained almost unchanged over millions of years.

    The name coelacanth means 'hollow spine' (from the Greek koilos = hollow and akantha = spine). The caudal fin is divided into three lobes (diphycercal), the middle lobe is a continuation of the notocord. Holophagus has powerful jaws but tiny teeth. Characteristic for Holophagus is the structure of the head bones (frontal) which are broken through in a characteristic way and look like a light construction.

     



    User Feedback


    This thing is so cool I had to come back and look at it. Im now wondering what the size is? 

     

    RB

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