Oleksandr Kovalchuk

New material of the puffer fish Archaeotetraodon winterbottomi Tyler et Bannikov, 1994 (Tetraodontidae) from the Oligocene of the Eastern Paratethys


A new specimen of the fossil puffer fish Archaeotetraodon winterbottomi (Tetraodontidae) is described from the lower Oligocene deposits of the Sheshory locality, Ukraine. The specimen reveals a number of characters, some of which are diagnostic and others which were recognized herein for first time, such as the possession of a relatively narrow neurocranium in the supraorbital region, smooth frontals, eight abdominal and nine caudal vertebrae, and long and slender postcleithrum.

Key words

Teleostei, Tetraodontiformes, Tetraodontidae, Menilite Series, fossil fish