Starfishes and other stars | New Species Reported This Week

Unlike other weeks, no newly described species received considerable media coverage this week. Vertebrata continues dominant in new species reported, but descriptions are very diverse: fishes, dinosaurs, medium-sized mammals, echinoderms, are accompanied by new traces and organisms incerta sedis. Ages are also very diverse, spanning from the Middle Cambrian to the Late Neogene.

The new species reported this week come from America (USA, Argentina), Europe (Italy, Czech Republic and Russia), and Asia (China).


Full account of fossil species reported this week:

  1. Superstesaster promissor gen. et sp. nov., a starfish from the Early Triassic of Utah, USA, was reported in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (19th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  2. Superstesaster promissor gen. et sp. nov. (Villier et al., 2017)

    Polykampton cabellae isp. nov., a new ichnospecies from the Pagliaro Formation (Paleocene) of the Northern Apennines, Italy, was reported in Ichnos (19th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  3. Louckaichthys novosadi gen. et sp. nov., a new species of toadfish (Teleostei, Percomorpha) from the Oligocene of Moravia, Czech Republic, was reported in Bulletin of Geosciences (20th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.
  4. Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis, gen. et sp. nov., a new hadrosaurine dinosaur from the late Campanian–early Maastrichtian of the Salitral Moreno site, Argentina, was reported in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (20th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  5. Baidabatyr clivosus, gen. et sp. nov., a new Multituberculata incertae sedis, reported from the Lower Cretaceous of Russia, was described in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (20th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  6. Deinogalerix samniticus sp. nov., a new species of Deinogalerix (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla) from the late Miocene Abruzzo, central Italy, was reported in Palaeontologia Electronica (21th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.

  7. Allonnia erjiensis sp. nov., a new chancelloriid species from the Cambrian of South China (Chengjiang fossil Lagerstätte), was described in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (21th April 2017). Click for the web page of this article.


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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)