Cretaceous Lebanese Needle Fish Fossil
Rhynchodercetis hakelensis

Rhynchodercetis hakelensis (Needle Fish Fossil)

Geological Time: Upper Cretaceous Senonian Series (about 75 million years old)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch) 110 mm in length (if straightened) on 150 mm by 85 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Haqel, Lebanon

Fossil Code: FF004

Price: $450.00 - sold

Description: A rarely seen member of the Order Aulopiformes, Family Dercetidae, it is a member of the bony fishes known as a "needle fish" due to its body shape. The upper and lower jaws have been extended into a rostrum; these fish were predators of smaller fish. At 110 mm in length, this is a juvenile example, one with preservation of fine detail. The genus went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous, passing the way of the dinosaurs. This is the only example I have been able to secure in four years.

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