Axelrodichthys is an extinct genus
In biology, a genus is a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, which is an example of definition by genus and differentia...

 of mawsoniid
Mawsoniidae is an extinct family of prehistoric coelacanth fishes which lived during the Triassic to Cretaceous period....

Coelacanths are members of an order of fish that includes the oldest living lineage of Sarcopterygii known to date....

 from the Early Cretaceous
Early Cretaceous
The Early Cretaceous or the Lower Cretaceous , is the earlier or lower of the two major divisions of the Cretaceous...

 of South America
South America
South America is a continent situated in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. The continent is also considered a subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east...



  • Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey, David Miller, Ivy Rutzky, and Craig Chesek
  • History of the Coelacanth Fishes by Peter Forey
  • Living Fossil: The Story of the Coelacanth by Keith Stewart Thomson
  • The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution by John A. Long
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