Genus: Brevipetalichthys JI & PANG, 1999
Etymology: Latin, Brevi-, « short », showing the short and broad head of a new genus.

Species: gracilis JI & PANG, 1999
Etymology: Latin, gracilis, « small and weak » : showing the small skull roof of the new species and its thin dermal bone.

Holotype: GMV2109

Locality: Qingmen, Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, China.

Horizon: Posongchong Formation.


Age: Early Devonian.

Material: A nearl complete skull roof and its external counterpart.