Dickosteus threiplandi Miles & Westoll

This placoderm looks very much like Coccosteus cuspidatus, except there are some slight differences in the morphology of the dermal plates of the head and body. From Orkney tail structures are never found since the fish does not occur in the finely laminated fish beds like the Sandwick Fish Bed. From Banniskirk, Caithness, however,, specimens are known showing the tail.

Head,(cranial shield) external view, white lines indicating the plates.

Median-dorsal plate, internal view

Median-dorsal plate, external view

Nuchal plate, external view

Nuchal plate, external view

Reconstruction of head, external view (after Miles, 1963)

Head,(cranial shield) internal view

Reconstruction of nuchal and para-nuchal plate, external view (after Miles, 1963)