Paleontological Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 624–632 | Cite as

A new genus of the family Palaeocentrotidae (Teleostei, Lampridiformes) from the Oligocene of the northern Caucasus and comments on other fossil Veliferoidei

  • A. F. Bannikov


A new genus and species of the lampridiform fish Natgeosocus sorini (Palaeocentrotidae) is described based on a single imprint of the skeleton from the Lower Oligocene of the northern Caucasus. To date, the family Palaeocentrotidae has only been known by its monotypic genus from the basal Eocene of Denmark. An overview of fossil records of the suborder Veliferoidei is presented. A separate family is established for the Eocene genus Bajaichthys Sorbini, 1983 from Italy. The diagnosis of the family Palaeocentrotidae is emended.


Palaeocentrotidae Lampridiformes new taxa Oligocene northern Caucasus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Borissiak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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