from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of fossil fishes belonging to the family Asterolepidæ, of the order Antiarcha.


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  • "Bothriolepis ("pitted scale" or "trench scale") was the most successful genus of antiarch placoderms, if not the most successful genus of any placoderm, with over 100 species found on every continent. It was a small benthic freshwater detrivore which lived in the Middle and Late Devonian (387–360 million years ago)."


    September 1, 2008

  • The initial letter in the generic epithet, Bothriolepis, is upper case.

    February 23, 2020

  • in usage, the generic epithet in binomial nomenclature (ie., the first term, the genus name) should be always capitalized including when referring to a genus without regard to a particular species

    February 24, 2020