A dipnoan species from the Emsian of Guangxi, China, Sorbitorhynchus deleaskitus, which has previously been diagnosed in the appendix to a more general paper on dipnoan phylogeny (Campbell & Barwick 1990), is described in detail. The head is large and heavily ossified, with cosmine on the external dermal bones. The dental plates are thick and have few poorly defined large tuberosities towards their anterolateral edges. It is the only Early Devonian dipnoan for which the full hyoid arch, gular, basibranchial, and submandibular plates are preserved, and in which the parasphenoid is clearly defined. In many features the genus is more advanced than Dipnorhynchus, but in none is it more advanced than Dipterus, apart from the loss of the buccohypophysial foramen. It gives a new perspective on late Emsian evolution of the group, and reinforces our concept of an independently developing dentine-plated line contemporaneous with a true tooth-plated line.