Mochokus gigas

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Taxonavigation[edit]

Taxonavigation: Siluriformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis/Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Series: Otophysi
Ordo: Siluriformes

Familia: Mochokidae
Subfamilia: Mochokinae
Genus: Mochokus
Species: Mochokus gigas

Name[edit]

Mochokus gigas Pinton et al., 2011

Type locality: Late Miocene deposits of Toros-Menalla, Chad.

Etymology: The specific epithet gigas is the Greek for word for giant, in reference to the large size of the species compared to its congeneres.

References[edit]

  • Pinton, A., Otero, O., Likius, A., Mackaye, H. T., Vignaud, P. & Brunet, M.; 2011: Giants in a minute catfish genus: first description of fossil Mochokus (Siluriformes, Mochokidae) in the Late Miocene of Chad, including M. Gigas, sp. nov. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31 (1): 22–31. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2011.539648