The Vertebrates Amphiaspidida (2)

Pteraspidomorphi: Amphiaspidida: Amphiaspidida (2)

The three families of amphiaspids

Abbreviated Dendrogram

Heterostraci (2)
Amphiaspidida (2)
Psammosteida (1)
Psammosteida (2)

Taxa on This Page

  1. Amphiaspidoidei X
  2. Hibernaspidoidei X
  3. Siberiaspidoidei X

AngaraspisAmphiaspidoidei: Amphiaspis, Angraspis, Edaphaspis, Gabreyaspis, Kureykaspis, Olbiaspis, Pelaspis, Prosarctaspis, Tareyaspis

Range: Early Devonian (Lochkovian to earliest Emsian) of Siberia [N86]

Phylogeny: Amphiaspidida:: (Hibernaspidoidei + Siberiaspidoidei) + *.

Characters:  All plates fused, with occasional exception of the posterior ventral area [N86]; anterior margin rounded or straight [N86]; mouth ventral, terminal or subterminal [N86]; oral tubes absent [N86]; orbits at anterodorsal margin of the armor [N86]; praespiracular apertures are present adjacent to orbit [N86]; lateral edges smooth or with "teeth" [N86]; sensory line furrows usually short, slightly curved in the longitudinal lines frequently found? in the alar regions [N86]; sensory line system confined to pit lines, without channels [S64]; ventromedially, sensory lines 'V'-shaped, with anterior commisures forming rectangular figure [N86]; commisures are positioned laterally relative to the longitudinal ventral lines [N86]; pattern of sensory lines unique [S64]; sculpturing present as flattened ridges with smooth edges (in older forms) [N86]; or with tubercles and grebeshkis [N86] [S64]; some species have tesserae [N86].

Note: Stensiö wrote when only three amphiaspids were known. His comments refer here only to Amphiaspis.

Image: Angaraspis from [N86].

References: Novitskaya (1986) [N86]; Stensiö 1964) [S64]. ATW030508.

Hibernaspis, adapted from Novitskaya (1986)Hibernaspidoidei: Aphataspis, Eglonaspis, Empedaspis, Gerronaspis, Hibernaspis, Lecanaspis, Pelurgaspis, Putoranaspis

Range: Early Devonian (Pragian to Emsian) of Siberia [N86], including Lochkovian of Severnaya Zemlya [B+02].

Phylogeny: Amphiaspidida::: Siberiaspidoidei + *.

Characters: All plates are fused, with the occasional exception of the posterior ventral area [N86]; anterior margin usually extended as an oral tube (absent in primitive forms) [N86]; mouth ventral and subterminal, or terminal in forms having an oral tube [N86]; orbits on lateral margin of armor, or laterally on dorsal surface, or towards the distal end of an oral tube, or absent [N86]; praespiraculum absent [N86]; lateral edges with teeth (except Putoranaspis) [N86]; sensory sulci are present and, probably in some species, sensory channels huh?) [N86]; supraorbital sensory line are not always present [N86]; longitudinal pairs of sulci (medial and lateral) form, with cross-commisures, rectangular figures [N86]; cross commisures usually lateral relative to ventral longitudinal furrows (??) [N86]; sculpturing looks like wide strips with smooth edges [N86]; some species with large, hexagonal tubercles [N86] [S64]; between strips are sometimes interspersed separate rounded tubercles [N86]; tesserae are absent [N86].

Note: Stensiö wrote when only three amphiaspids were known. His comments refer here only to Eglonaspis and Hibernaspis.

Image: Hibernaspis adapted from [N86]. Note that the large oval laterally is not an orbit, but the branchial opening. The orbits are two tiny dots on the dorsal surface of the rostrum.

Links: IX Capitolo - I Primi Pesci.

References: Blieck et al. 2002) [B+02]; Novitskaya (1986) [N86]; Stensiö 1964) [S64]. ATW040726.

Siberiaspidoidei: Argyraspis, Dotaspis, Litotaspis, Siberiaspis, Tuxeraspis.

Range: Early Devonian (Pragian) of Siberia.

Phylogeny: Amphiaspidida::: Hibernaspidoidei + *.

Characters: All plates of the shield are fused [N86]; anterior margin rounded, straight, or superficially excavated [N86]; oral tubes absent [N86]; mouth ventral, terminal or subterminal [N86]; orbits laterodorsal or on lateral edges of armor; [N86]; praespiracula absent [N86]; lateral edges, where known, without jagged projections [N86]; sensory line system present as sulci and channels (the last are definitively known in the Siberiaspididae) [N86]; arrangement of the sensory sulci as in Amphiaspidoidei; sculpturing present as smooth platens or tubercles with smooth or jagged edges (i.e. grebeshkis) [N86]; tesserae absent [N86].

References: Novitskaya (1986) [N86]. ATW030509.

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