Rhodopotilapia gracialis – New fossil genus and species of family cichlidae. Early Oligocene, Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria

Lidiya Kirilova, Vladimir Georgiev

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Abstract

Rhodopotilapia gracialis is a representative of a new fossil genus and species from the Cichlidae family dating from the Early Oligocene. It was found nearby Novo Sokolino Village, Momchilgrad Municipality in the Eastern Rhodopes. The characteristics of the species exhibit some similarity with recent cichlids belonging to Tilapiini tribe, but others characterize it as a primitive representative of the family, previously unknown. The matrix rock is volcanic tuff (acid pyroclastics), dated 32.28 to 31.82 Ma (Ar/Ar method). Rhodopotilapia gracialis is the second fossil representative of the Cichlidae family found in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1413-1418
Number of pages6
JournalComptes Rendus de L'Academie Bulgare des Sciences
Volume68
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cichlidae family
  • Early Oligocene
  • Eastern Rhodopes
  • Rhodopotilapia gracialis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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