Rhinodipterus

Name: Rhinodipterus.
Phonetic: Ry-noe-dip-teh-rus.
Named By: A.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Clement‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Gnathostomata,‭ ‬Osteichthyes,‭ ‬Sarcopterygii,‭ ‬Dipnoi.
Species: R.‭ ‬kimberleyensis.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: About‭ ‬12.5‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Australia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Gogo Formation.
Time period: Late Devonian.
Fossil representation: Partially preserved individual.

       Rhinodipterus is a genus of lungfish that lived in Australia during the Late Devonian.‭ ‬Rhinodipterus seems to have had cranial ribs attached to‭ ‬the brain‭ ‬case as well as being at least‭ ‬partially adapted to breathing in the open air.‭ ‬This might suggest that Rhinodipterus was a shallow water fish,‭ ‬and coupled with the observation that it is known from marine deposits,‭ ‬may have inhabited the tidal zone,‭ ‬and therefore been forced to cope with different depths of water throughout the day,‭ ‬greatly necessitating the need to breath out of water.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new species of long-snouted lungfish from the Late Devonian of Australia,‭ ‬and it's functional and biogeographical implications.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontology,‭ ‬55‭(‬1‭)‬,‭ ‬51-71.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Clement‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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