Luckeus

Luckeus
Temporal range: Early Devonian to Middle Devonian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Class: Sarcopterygii
Order: Onychodontida
Family: Onychodontidae
Genus: Luckeus
Binomial name
Luckeus abudda
Young & Schultze, 2005
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Luckeus is a genus of prehistoric lobe-finned fish. Luckeus belonged to the group of onychodontid fishes. It lived during the Early Devonian to Middle Devonian period (Emsian to Eifelian faunal stages) in central Australia.

Luckeus is only known by a left lower jaw, which is the holotype (ANU V2969) of the genus, and also by some isolated teeth (ANU V3108-3112). Before palaeontologists establish a genus name for these remains, they referred to them as "onychodontid" and "crossopterygian" remains, or more specific as "onychodontid teeth remains". In 2005, palaeontologists Gavin Young and Hans-Peter Schultze described these findings and assigned them to a new genus under the name Luckeus. Young and Schultze named Luckeus after the nickname "Lucke" of the late palaeontologist Dr. Hans Ludolph Jessen due to his major study of Paleozoic bony fish. The type species, Luckeus abudda, named after the Abudda Lakes located in the Simpson Desert, about 15 kilometers of the fossil formation.

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