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Melvius

Actinopteri - Amiiformes - Amiidae

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1987Melvius Bryant
1989Melvius Bryant p. 22
1998Melvius Grande and Bemis p. 397
2002Melvius Pearson et al. p. 154
2011Melvius Sullivan et al. p. 475

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
OlfactoresJefferies 1991
subphylumVertebrata
Gnathostomata()
Osteichthyes()
RankNameAuthor
superclassActinopterygii(Cope 1887)
classActinopteri()
subclassNeopterygii(Regan 1923)
infraclassHolostei
orderAmiiformesHay 1929
familyAmiidae
subfamilyVidalamiinae
tribeVidalamiini
genusMelvius

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
L. J. Bryant 1987Very large amiid (standard length [tip of snout to base of caudal fin] may exceed 160 cm). Differs from all other known amiids in having central trunk vertebrae ventrolaterally concave, anterior maxilla circular in cross section. Deep pit for articulation of premaxilla overlapping the most anterior maxilla alveolus. Dentary with 14 teeth; horizontal ramus wider than deep. Cleithrum lacking sculpture, forming a 90 degree angle between dorsal and ventral arms. Basioccipital width more than twice its height. Differs from Enneles in having fused infraorbitals 4 and 5, and lacking the supramaxilla. Differs from all other amiids except Pachyamia and Enneles in having carinate teeth and alveoli with crenulated borders.