Detailed Cretaceous Pycnodont Fossil Fish Ichthyoceros spinosus

Ichthyoceros spinosus

Order Pycnodontiformes, Family Pycnodontidae

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 40 mm in length on a 60 mm by 45 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Haqel, Lebanon

Code: RN08

Price: $250.00

Ichthyoceros fossil fishDescription: A rarely seen member of the Pycnodont fishes, this one is Ichthyoceros. Genus derives its name from the distinctive dorsal spine at the posterior end of the head. These fish led a durophagous existence, crushing the shells of shellfish and crustaceans. Few examples of this unusual fish are offered, with this one all-natural in appearance (no paint). The genus went extinct in the Upper Cretaceous.

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