Glyptolepis paucidens Agassiz

Complete specimen from Achanarras

Reconstruction of Glyptolepis by M.J. Newman.

This species can be found in the sediments above the Sandwick Fish Bed, from the Upper Stromness Flags up to the top of the Rousay flags. It is similar to Glyptolepis leptopterus, but longer. Like that species it is poorly known.

Disarticulated scales and sometimes, dermal bones of the head and teeth are found in sediments indicating rather shallow lake conditions. Again, this top predator is rare. An example is known of this fish having the arthrodire Coccosteus in its stomach. It has jaws with some big teeth and a row of tiny teeth at the edge.

Complete specimen from Achanarras.

Lower jaw, outside view.

Lower jaw of a Glyptolepis indicating the three thin sections figured below.

Lower jaw inside view.

Close up of above to show position of the three thin sections.

Thin section of transverse section of the lower jaw. Thin section 1.

Thin section of transverse section of the lower jaw. Thin section 2.

Thin section of transverse section of the lower jaw. Thin section 3.

Drawing of a lower jaw (after Miller, 1849).

Scale of a Glyptolepis seen from the outside.

Drawing of a scale, inside and outside (after Miller, 1849).

Porolepiform