Metaceratodus is an extinct genus of prehistoric lungfish in the family Ceratodontidae, with an indeterminate specimen known from the Late Triassic (Norian)-aged Lissauer Breccia of Poland[1] and more complete specimens known from the Late Cretaceous of Queensland, Australia and Argentina (Malargue Group).[2][3][4] The genus was named and described by Frederick Chapman in 1914.[5][6]

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Dipnoi
Family: Ceratodontidae
Genus: Metaceratodus
Chapman, 1914

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The seven identified species of Metaceratodus are listed below, while an eighth unnamed species is known from Poland:[7]

  • cf. Metaceratodus sp.
  • Metaceratodus baibianorum
  • Metaceratodus bonei
  • Metaceratodus ellioti
  • Metaceratodus kaopen (=Ptychoceratodus kaopen, P. cionei)
  • Metaceratodus palmeri
  • Metaceratodus wichmanni (=Ceratodus wichmanni)
  • Metaceratodus wollastoni

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  1. ^ Czepiński, Ł.; Dróżdż, D.; Szczygielski, T.; Tałanda, M.; Pawlak, W.; Lewczuk, A.; Rytel, A.; Sulej, T. (2021). "An Upper Triassic Terrestrial Vertebrate Assemblage from the Forgotten Kocury Locality (Poland) with a New Aetosaur Taxon". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 41: e1898977. doi:10.1080/02724634.2021.1898977. S2CID 233522981.
  2. ^ "Fossilworks: Metaceratodus". Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  3. ^ Kemp, A. (1997-04-16). "Four species of Metaceratodus (Osteichthyes: Dipnoi, Family Ceratodontidae) from Australian Mesozoic and Cenozoic deposits". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 17 (1): 26–33. doi:10.1080/02724634.1997.10010949. ISSN 0272-4634.
  4. ^ Gonzalez Riga, B. J. (1999). Hallazgo de vertebrados fósiles en la Formación Loncoche, Cretácico Superior de la provincia de Mendoza, Argentina. Ameghiniana 36:401-410
  5. ^ Chapman, F. (1914). Australasian Fossils. A Students’ Manual of Palaeontology 1-341
  6. ^ Chapman, F. (1914) Australian Fossils. Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and London. Project Gutenberg eBook 59074
  7. ^ "Fossilworks: Metaceratodus". Retrieved 17 December 2021.