Name: Actinolepis.
Phonetic: Ak-tin-lep-is.
Named By: Agassiz‭ ‬-‭ ‬1845.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Placodermi,‭ ‬Arthrodira,‭ ‬Actinolepidae.
Species: A.‭ ‬tuberculata‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬magna,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬spinosa,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬zaikai
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Belarus.‭ ‬Estonia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Lepel Beds.‭ ‬Latvia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Sevy Dolomite.‭ ‬New Zealand‭ ‬-‭ ‬Adam Mudstone Formation.
Time period: Early Devonian.
Fossil representation: Armoured plates.

       Actinolepis is a genus of placoderm fish that lived during the Devonian period.‭ ‬Fossils of Actinolepis have usually been more associated with Eastern Europe,‭ ‬but at least one species of Actinolepis is known from fossil deposits in New Zealand.‭ ‬It is worth remembering that back in the Devonian the planets land masses were arranged very differently to how they are today and coming together to form a supercontinent before breaking apart again.‭ ‬This made it easier for some types of animals to have what appears today as a very large geographical range.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Actinolepis spinosa n.‭ ‬sp.‭ (‬Arthrodira‭) ‬from the Early Devonian of Latvia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.‭ ‬5‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬287‭–‬292.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elga Mark-Kurik‭ ‬-‭ ‬1985.
-‭ ‬A new actinolepid arthrodire‭ (‬Class Placodermi‭) ‬from the Lower Devonian Sevy Dolomite,‭ ‬east-central Nevada.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society‭ ‬129‭(‬2‭)‬:241-266.‭ ‬-‭ ‬H.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Johnson,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Elliott‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Wittke‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
-‭ ‬New Early Devonian‭ (‬late Emsian‭) ‬placoderms from Belarus.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Paleontology.‭ ‬94‭ (‬4‭)‬:‭ ‬773‭–‬787.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dmitry P.‭ ‬Plax‭ & ‬Michael J.‭ ‬Newman‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.


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