A REDESCRIPTION OF THE LUNGFISH EOCTENODUS HILLS 1929, WITH REASSESSMENT OF OTHER AUSTRALIAN RECORDS OF THE GENUS DIPTERUS SEDGWICK & MURCHISON 1828.

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Abstract:
Eoctenodus microsoma Hills 1929 (= Dipterus microsoma Hills, 1931) from the Frasnian Blue Range Formation, near Taggerty, Victoria, is found to be a valid genus, differing from Dipterus, and other dipnoans, by the shape of the parasphenoid and toothplates. The upper jaw toothp1ates and entopterygoids, parasphenoid, c1eithrum, anoc1eithrum and scales of Eoctenodus are described. Eoctenodus may represent the earliest member of the Ctenodontidae. Dipterus cf. D. digitatus. from the Late Devonian Gneudna Formation, Western Australia (Seddon, 1969), is assigned to Chirodipterus australis Miles 1977; and Dipterus sp. from the Late Devonian of Gingham Gap, New South Wales (Hills, 1936) is thought to be congeneric with a dipnoan of similar age from the Hunter Siltstone, New South Wales. This form differs from Dipterus in the shape of the parasphenoid. The genus Dipterus appears to be restricted to the Middle-Upper Devonian of Europe, North America and the USSR (Laurasia).

Author(s) LONG, J.A. : Part 2
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297