A NEW SPECIES OF CLADOCYCLUS (TELEOSTEI: ICHTHYODECTIFORMES) FROM THE CENOMANIAN OF MOROCCO
A species of ichthyodectiform fish, Cladocyclus pankowskii sp.nov. is described based on a single well-preserved braincase specimen from the Cenomanian Kem Kem
beds of southern Morocco. It differs from the type species, C. gardneri,
in the proportions of the skull roof. The presence of a species of Cladocyclus in Morocco adds yet another vicariant taxon shared between Brazil and Africa in the mid-Cretaceous, when Africa was separating from South America during the formation of the South Atlantic.
Peter L. Forey. Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England.
Lionel Cavin. Department of Geology and Palaeontology, Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, CP 6434 1211, Genève 6, Switzerland.
Key Words: new species; anatomy; actinopterygian; palaeobiogeography
PE Article Number: 10.3.12A
Copyright: Palaeontological Association December 2007
Submission: 12 July 2007. Acceptance: 17 September 2007