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THE VERTEBRAL COLUMN OF THE TRIASSIC FISH SAURICHTHYS (ACTINOPTERYGII) AND ITS STRATIGRAPHICAL SIGNIFICANCE

ANDREA TINTORI

Abstract


The Norian beds of the Southern Calcareous Alps have yielded at least four species belonging to Saurichthys. Their vertebral column has large praezygapophyses, which, in each of these nominai species, at­tain a different relative length. The latter is inversely proportional to age: in fact, the youngest two, coeval spe­cies have the longest praezygapophyses, at least six times as long as a vertebral segment. Such a conspicuous change in an otherwise conservative genus, is here relateci to a major ichthyofaunal break that saw the florish­ing of the Pholidophoridae. The relative length of the praezygapophyses can be a very useful stratigraphical means, at least in the Norian (Upper Triassic).

Keywords

Triassic; Saurichthys (Actinopterygii); Vertebral column; Stratigraphy.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13130/2039-4942/9049

NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aunimi-22533

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