Acrolepididae is an extinct family of ray-finned fish.[1] Genera referred to Acrolepididae existed from the Early Carboniferous period to the Early Triassic epoch. They were nektonic carnivores with a fusiform body.

Acrolepidae
Temporal range: Tournaisian to Early Triassic
Acropholis stensioei.jpg
Acropholis stensioei fossil
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Palaeonisciformes
Family: Acrolepidae
Aldinger, 1937

Acrolepididae may be closely related with the Early Mesozoic Ptycholepididae.[2]

Included genera and speciesEdit

  • Genus Acrolepis Agassiz, 1843
    • Acrolepis frequens Yankevich, 1996
    • Acrolepis gigas Frič, 1877
    • Acrolepis hamiltoni Johnston & Morton, 1890
    • Acrolepis hopkinsi M'Coy, 1848
    • Acrolepis hortonensis Dawson, 1868
    • Acrolepis? laetus Lambe, 1916 [Pteronisculus? laetus]
    • Acrolepis languescens Yankevich, 1996
    • Acrolepis ortholepis Traquair, 1884
    • Acrolepis sedgwicki Agassiz, 1843 (type species)
    • Acrolepis semigranulosa Traquair, 1890
    • Acrolepis tasmanicus Johnston & Morton, 1891
    • Acrolepis wilsoni Traquair, 1888
  • Genus Acropholis Aldinger, 1937
  • Genus Namaichthys Gürich, 1923
  • Genus Plegmolepis Aldinger, 1937
    • Plegmolepis groenlandica Aldinger, 1937
    • Plegmolepis kochi Aldinger, 1937 (type species)
  • Genus Reticulolepis Westoll, 1934
    • Reticulolepis exsculpta (Kurtze, 1839)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acrolepidae". Paleobiology Database. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Mutter, Raoul (2011). "A case study of the palaeobiogeography of Early Mesozoic actinopterygians, the family Ptycholepidae.". In Upchurch, P.; McGowan, A.J.; Slater, C.S.C. (eds.). Palaeogeography and Palaeobiogeography: Biodiversity in Space and Time. CRC Press, Boca Raton. pp. 143–171. doi:10.1201/b11176-12. ISBN 9780429150562.