Friday, April 17, 2009

Pituriapis doylei

Goal for the week 12hrs


Pituriapis doylei is a jawless fish that lived in Devonian estuaries in what is now Australia.   Very little is known about it's body aside from the fact that it had pectoral fins as it is known most from the head shield that gives it's kind of sawfish-like shape. Given it's shape with that long rostral process that might have had some sort of sensory function and it and the position of it's mouth on the bottom I'm going to take a wild guess that it ate bottom dwelling invertebrates. I've not really found anything speculating on it's behavior. The genus was named Pituri an Australian Aboriginal nicotine-based drug that can put one into a hypnotic state. 

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