Bothriolepis canadensis Armored Fish

A Placoderm from the Devonian

Bothriolepis canadensis

Placodermi, Antiarcha, Bothriolepidae

Geological Time: Upper Devonian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Body:72 mm in length and 50 mm wide with 55 mm and 27 mm fins on a 120 mm by 150 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Escumiac Bay, Miguasha, Quebec, Canada

Fossil Code: SRC20

Price: Sold

Bothriolepis canadensisDescription: One of the most widely-recognized of all the ancient armored fishes, this is Bothriolepis. The box-like body was enclosed in armor plates, and provided Bothriolepisprotection from predators. Bothriolepis was the most successful of all the placoderms, with some 100 species known from every continent, including Antarctica. The paired holes housed both the eyes and the nostrils. Some specimens have been sectioned to show the paired lung-like organs and spiral intestine, giving a detailed view of this interesting fish. It had a long pair of pectoral fins which would Bothriolepis Scientific Illustrationhave helped to lift it from the bottom; its heavy body would have sunk quickly back to the bottom as soon as forward momentum was lost. The fins possessed spines, and an articulation to the boxlike trunk. It is thought that Bothriolepis grubbed in the mud of its freshwater home, and may also have used its pectorals to stir up the mud that provided its food. Few examples of this unusual fish are offered, and they are always received well by collectors. This specimen displays a complete right and a partial left pectoral fin.

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