Classification: Chordata, Craniata, Myllokunmingiidae.
Species: Z. rostratus (type).
Known locations: China - Yuanshan Formation.
Time period: Lower Cambrian.
Fossil representation: Preserved on slab.
As a relative to Haikouichthys and Myllokunmingia, Zhongjianichthys is widely considered to have been a very primitive fish. Zhongjianichthys still lacked scales that are commonly seen in modern fish, and may have instead had a smooth skin texture similar to that of a hagfish.
- A paleontological perspective of vertebrate origin. - Chinese Science Bulletin 2003 Vol. 48 No. 8. - D. G. Shu - 2003.