Paleontological Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 83–89 | Cite as

The new family Caucasichthyidae (Pisces, Perciformes) from the Eocene of the North Caucasus

  • A. F. BannikovEmail author
  • G. Carnevale
  • N. V. Parin


Caucasichthys kumaensis gen. et sp. nov., a representative of a new monotypic perciform family Caucasichthyidae, from the Middle Eocene (Bartonian, Kuma Horizon) of the North Caucasus (Gorny Luch locality) is described. The new family is characterized by elongated body, strong preopercular spine in adults, absence of supraneurals, large pelvic fins, long caudal peduncle, and anal fin longer at the base than soft dorsal fin. Scales vary from cycloid to spinoid on different parts of the body. Caucasichthys shares a number of apomorphic features with members of certain percoid families, most notably the Priacanthidae. However, because of its unique combination of features, the new family cannot be properly placed within any existing perciform suborder and it is placed incertae sedis among the Perciformes.


Teleostei Perciformes new taxa Middle Eocene North Caucasus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Borissiak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversità degli Studi di TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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