Journal of Ichthyology

, 49:703

Phylogenetic implications of the some cranial features of the porcupine pufferfish Pshekhadiodon (Tetraodontiformes, Diodontidae) from the Eocene of the Northern Caucasus


DOI: 10.1134/S003294520909001X

Cite this article as:
Tyler, J.C. & Bannikov, A.F. J. Ichthyol. (2009) 49: 703. doi:10.1134/S003294520909001X


The well-preserved skull of the diodontid fish Pshekhadiodon parini Bannikov et Tyler, 1997 from the Eocene of the North Caucasus has plesiomorphic conditions for four character that are apomorphic in all extant taxa, and the family Diodontidae is herein separated into two subfamilies, the Diodontinae for all of the extant taxa and the Pshekhadiodontinae for Pshekhadiodon and very tentatively for the three other Eocene taxa of the family, all from Monte Bolca, Italy.

Key words

Diodontidae Pshekhadiodontinae Pshekhadiodon Eocene Gorny Luch locality north Caucasus (Russia) Monte Bolca (Italy) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Museum of Natural HistorySmithsonian Institution (MRC-106)Washington DCUSA
  2. 2.Borisyak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia