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A new species of Burguklia (Pisces, Actinopterygii) from the Middle Permian of the Volga Region (European Russia)

  • Aleksandr BakaevEmail author
  • Ilja Kogan
Research Paper


A new species of early actinopterygians, Burguklia minichorum sp. nov., is described based on the occurrence of numerous isolated scales from freshwater deposits of the Urzhumian and Severodvinian regional stages (Wordian–Capitanian) of the East European Platform. The type and only hitherto known species of the genus, Burguklia gdali Kazantseva-Selezneva, 1980, comes from the Early Permian of Siberia. The new discovery indicates the existence of non-marine palaeogeographic pathways between Siberia and European Russia during the Permian.


Permian Actinopterygian scales Histology Angaraland East European Platform Russia 



This work forms part of the first author’s master's thesis written for the Kazan–Freiberg double master programme under the supervision of Jörg W. Schneider (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) and Vladimir V. Silantiev (Kazan Federal University). It was performed according to the Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University. We thank V.V. Bulanov and V.K. Golubev (both PIN RAS, Moscow) and V.V. Silantiev for providing washed rock samples, from which the scales described have been extracted. J.W. Schneider is acknowledged for facilitating the provision of thin sections and SEM micrographs of the material, and Susanne Eberspächer (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) is thanked for the light microscope pictures. We are grateful to A.V. and the late M.G. Minikh (Saratov State University) for permission to study their collection of fossil actinopterygians. Constructive comments from the reviewers Kate Trinajstic and Stanislav Štamberg and from the editors Adriana López-Arbarello and Mike Reich greatly improved the manuscript; many thanks for that. IK acknowledges funding by the ESF and the State of Saxony.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Paleoichthyology, Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, Geological InstituteTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Geology and Petroleum TechnologiesKazan Federal UniversityKazanRussia

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