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First fossil record of an amiid fish (Halecomorphi, Amiidae) from the Latest Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina, and comments on the status of Pappichthys patagonica Ameghino, 1906 (Teleostei, Osteoglossidae)
Bogan, S.; Taverne, L.; Agnolin, F.L. (2010). First fossil record of an amiid fish (Halecomorphi, Amiidae) from the Latest Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina, and comments on the status of Pappichthys patagonica Ameghino, 1906 (Teleostei, Osteoglossidae). Bull. Kon. Belg. Inst. Natuurwet. Aardwet. = Bull. - Inst. r. sci. nat. Belg., Sci. Terre 80: 163-170
In: Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Aardwetenschappen = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Sciences de la Terre. KBIN: Brussel. ISSN 0374-6291, more
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Keywords
    Cretaceous, Upper; Amiidae Bonaparte, 1831 [WoRMS]; Osteoglossidae Bonaparte, 1845 [WoRMS]; Pappichthys patagonica; Teleostei [WoRMS]; Argentina, Patagonia [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Late Cretaceous Amiidae, Neogene Osteoglossidae, Pappichthys patagonica, Argentina

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  • Bogan, S.
  • Taverne, L., more
  • Agnolin, F.L.

Abstract
    We describe the first authenticated fossil record for the family Amiidae in Argentina. The specimen consists on an isolated dentary coming from the Uppermost Cretaceous Allen Formation, from Río Negro province, Patagonia, Argentina, and belonging probably to the genus Amia. This specimen spans the biochronology of the Amiidae in South America, which were up to now restricted to Lower Cretaceous outcrops of Brazil. We also review the only previously reported amiid fish from the Neogene of South America. This single specimen consists of a dentary and some postcranial bones. It was originally named Pappichthys patagonica by Ameghino (1906). The study of this material allowed us to refer this species to the family Osteoglossidae, thus constituting the first fossil or extant record for the clade in Argentina.

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