Sand Fish Charitosomus from Lebanese Lagerstätte

Charitosomus hakelensis

Order Gonorynchiformes, Family Gonorynchidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil: 51 mm in length on a 110 mm by 70 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstätte, Haqel, Lebanon

Fossil Code: L628

Price: $165.00

Charitosomus hakelensisDescription: An unusual, rare example of a flying fish, as demonstrated by the dramatically-elongated pectoral fins of the primary specimen. The genus name is derived from its resemblance to Exocoetes, a modern-day flying fish. The next specimen is a small Nematontus botae (see by other offerings for a spectacular example of an adult N. longispinus). Finally, the bottom specimen is Armigatus. It was originally assigned to the genus Diplomystus in the late 1800s, a genus erected in 1870 by E.D. Cope. Since then, Diplomystus has become something of a dustbin taxon for many dissimilar Clupeomorph fish. This one was assigned to the new genus Armigatus by Lance Grande in 1982. Its specific affinities have still to be worked out. They are well displayed on this Sublithographic limestone matrix, and make an excellent death assemblage example.

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