Record details

Title
    A Giant early Miocene sunfish from the North Alpine Foreland Basin (Austria) and its implication for molid phylogeny
Author
    Ćoric, S.
    Gregorová, Růžena
    Harzhauser, M.
    Kroh, A.
    Schultz, O.
Language
    anglicky
Publication type
    článek v periodiku
Source title - serial
    Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Vol./nr.
    Roč. 29, č. 2
Pages
    13
Year
    2009
Thesaurus term
    austromola
    miocene
    Molidae
    sunfish
    Upper Austria
Keyword
    Alpine
    Austria
    Basin
    Early
    Foreland
    Giant
    Implication
    Miocene
    Molid
    North
    Phylogeny
    Sunfish
Abstract (in english)
   Three extraordinarily well-preserved skeletons and skeleton parts of an Early Miocene sunfish are described. These unique fossils allow a precise osteological description of one of the largest if not largest sunfish (320 cm) known so far and represent one of the largest teleost fossils of the Cenozoic Era. This new sunfish genus is the sister-taxon of the extant Mola+Masturus clade and, together with these two genera, forms the sister-clade of Ranzania. The radiation of modern-type sunfishes therefore already had occurred during Oligocene times. The finding from the earliest Miocene narrows the gap between the oldest known Eocene primitive sunfish and the Middle and Upper Miocene records, which are all referable to extant genera. Austromola is introduced as a new genus of the family molidae; Austromola angerhoferi is described as a new species.
Contributor
    Moravské zemské muzeum Brno
Contributor code
    MZM
Source format
    R
Import date
    8. 8. 2012