Bothriolepis

genus of fishes (fossil)

Bothriolepis is a genus of antiarch placoderms. It was widespread and diverse in the middle to late Devonian.

Bothriolepis
Temporal range: Late Devonian
387–360 mya
Bothriolepis canadensis.jpg
Model of B. canadensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Subphylum:
Class:
Order:
Family:
Genus:
Bothriolepis

Bothriolepis lived in environments across every continent including near-shore marine and freshwater settings. Most species of Bothriolepis were small, benthic, freshwater detritivores. They got nutrients by eating decomposing plant/animal material. They were about 30 centimetres (12 in) in length. However, the largest species, B. maxima, had a carapace about 100 centimetres (39 in) in length.

Over 70 species are found across the world, but this is also typical of modern bottom dwelling species around today.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Thomson, KS; Thomas, B (2001). "On the status of species Bothriolepis (Placodermi, Antiarchi) in North America". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 21 (4): 679–686. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2001)021[0679:otsoso]2.0.co;2.