Diaphus prokofievi

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Taxonavigation: Myctophiformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Scopelomorpha
Ordo: Myctophiformes

Familia: Myctophidae
Genus: Diaphus
Species: †Diaphus prokofievi


Diaphus prokofievi Taverne, 2015

  • Holotype: Ap 12a, b, both sides of a specimen of about 10 centimeters, comprising twenty vertebrae of the posterior portion of the body, with the caudal skeleton and parts of the caudal fin.
  • Paratypes: Ap 11, reduced cleithrum of a very small specimen, caudal skeleton and caudal fin.

Type locality: Santonian above marina Apricena, province Foggia, Gargano Promontory, Puglia, South Italy. The Santonian is dated 83-86.6 million years.

Etymology: The species name is dedicated to the Russian ichthyologist Artem M. Prokofiev, in tribute to his many papers treating fossil Myctophiformes from Russia and neighboring countries.


  • Taverne, L. 2015. Les poissons du Santonien (Crétacé supérieur) d’Apricena (Italie du Sud). 8°. Diaphus prokofievi sp. nov. (Teleostei, Myctophiformes, Myctophidae). Bollettino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona 39: 27–34.PDFReference page