Osteolepis panderi (Pander)

This small to medium sized osteolepid is well known from Caithness but articulated specimens from Orkney are rare. It is often found as disarticulated remains, heaps of scales or loose plates from the head.

Probably this fish had a very short stratigraphical range.

Several specimens on same slab

Complete fish in dorsal view

Fish in lateral view

Partly disarticulated fish

Head in lateral view

Head in dorsal view

Head in lateral view

Head in lateral view

Head in ventral view

Reconstruction of fish in A: lateral, B: dorsal, C: ventral aspect (after Jarvik 1948 )

Reconstruction of head in A: lateral, B: dorsal, C: ventral aspect (after Jarvik 1948 )

Reconstruction of fish in lateral view (after Pander, 1860)

Drawings and reconstructions of heads (after Pander, 1860)