Rarely-Seen Lebanese Predatory Fish Fossil
"Cretaceous Fossil Fish Apateopholis laniatus"

Apateopholis laniatus

Order Aulopiformes, Family Ichthyotrigidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage

Size: (25.4 mm = 1 inch) 175 mm in length on 222 mm by 90 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Lebanese Fossil Lagetstatt, Haqel, Lebanon

Code: L391

Price: $1525.00

Lebanese Predatory Fish Fossil Apateopholis laniatusDescription: The elongated head with a slender outline, long jaws set with small teeth betray this unusual fish as a predator. Some scientists think they may have used these elongated jaws in a side-slashing movement to capture their prey. The slender shape and broad caudal fin would seem to indicate that they could be highly efficient pursuit predators. This is a recently-described taxon, having been published in 1986, and one that is rarely offered for sale. They have no recent relatives, and died out in the Late Cretaceous.

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