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Late Devonian, Frasnian stage
Estonia/Latvia, Plavinas Formation
A'ight folks here's episode 5 of Walking With Munsters. This one's about vertebrates developing near-legs! Our star panderichthys is a young folk who finds herself getting on land quite a lot of times! Also there's a lot of mud involved just so you know.
Laccognathus panderi: A two metre long benthic ambush predator, the Laccognathus poses quite the threat to our main gal. Being twice as long as the pelagic predators, they are the strongest fish in this episode.
Ptyctodus sp.: A shellfish crushing placoderm, this animal doesn't have much appearances in this episode. They mostly stay close to the clam fields and have group banquets whenever they feel like it.
Asterolepis radiata: Antiarchs! Backward asses! These things move in huge schools and migrate very frequently. Being detritus feeders they usually move in the bottom of the estuary. That obviously results in being ambushed by Laccognathuses. A lot.
Plourdosteus mironovi(?= Plourodsteus trautscholdi): An arthrodire, just like last episode's Buchanosteus and Exutaspis. Now I wanted to use the biggest species P. trautscholdi, but it's a species from a younger formation. The older P. mironovi, has a possibility of being synonymous with P. trautscholdi. That way I could make it a lil' bit bigger.
Acanthodiformes indet.: Now the Plavinas formation has its fair share of acanthodians. They're very fragmentary though. I couldn't find any decent reconstructions for any of them. Thus, an intermediate acanthodian! Huzzah, more freedom in reconstruction! It's a mix of both Homalacanthus and Acanthodes. These guys hide under seaweed and do nothing.
Panderichthys rhombolepis: Our main species! About a meter long, these folks can crawl very slowly on land for a short amount of time. Our main character finds herself on land whenever she gets chased by predators or plans an ambush attack on some land arthropod.
Griphognathus minutidens: Mostly a background creature. Griphognathuses are dipnoans, closely related to modern day lungfishes. Nuff said
Psammosteus megalopteryx: Among the last of the armored agnathans, this animal hides in the muddy benthos gubbing up detritus. These armored agnathans would be extinct by the Frasnian-Fammenian extinction.
Moythomasia perforata: Early actinopterygians are smol! These small fish are mostly not-prey. What are not-prey? They're basically prey except they never get caught! Gottagofast!
Eusthenopteron foordi: Another background fish, at least this species has more appearance, albeit those appearances being getting eaten. This supposed "tetrapod ancestor" isn't really a tetrapod ancestor.
uuh yeah next episode is also another devonian episode stay tuned