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Temporal range: Late Devonian
Scientific classification
M. fairfaxi
Binomial name
Mandageria fairfaxi
Johanson & Ahlberg, 1997

Mandageria fairfaxi (Pronunciation: Man-daj-ee-ree-a fair-fax-i) is an extinct lobe-finned fish [1] that lived during the Late Devonian period (FrasnianFamennian). It is related to the much larger Hyneria ; although Mandageria was smaller, it probably hunted in the same way.

The Frasnian is one of two faunal stages in the Late Devonian period. It lasted from 382.7 million years ago to 372.2 million years ago. It was preceded by the Givetian stage and followed by the Famennian stage.

The Famennian is the latter of two faunal stages in the Late Devonian epoch. It lasted from 372.2 million years ago to 358.9 million years ago. It was preceded by the Frasnian stage and followed by the Tournaisian stage.

<i>Hyneria</i> species of Sarcopterygii

Hyneria is a genus of large prehistoric predatory lobe-finned fish that lived during the Devonian period around 360 million years ago.


The generic epithet, Mandageria, refers to the Mandagery Sandstone formation near Canowindra, Australia, where the fossils were found. The specific epithet, fairfaxi, honors the philanthropist James Fairfax. M. fairfaxi is the state fossil emblem for New South Wales. [2]

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Mandageria was a large predator about 1.5 to 2 m (4.9 to 6.6 ft) long. It had a long torpedo-shaped body and large tail fins. Mandageria also had large pectoral fins which could have helped it manoeuvre around submerged logs when preparing to attack its prey. [1] Mandageria had a functional neck joint, an otherwise uncommon feature among fish - Tiktaalik , Tarrasius , placoderms (esp. Arthrodira) and seahorses being other exceptions. [3]

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  1. 1 2 Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra
  2. "NSW State Flag & Emblems". NSW Government. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. Johanson, Z., Ahlberg, P. and Ritchie, A. (March 2003). "The braincase and palate of the tetrapodomorph sarcopterygian mandageria fairfaxi: morphological variability near the fish–tetrapod transition". Palaeontology. 46 (2): 271–293. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00298.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)