Uncommon Vinciguerria Lightfish Fossil

Vinciguerria sp (Lightfish)

(Danilczenko 1947)

Class Actinopterygii, Order Stomiiformes, Family Phosichthyidae

Geological Time: Middle Oligocene

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): The fossil fish 27 mm on a 6.5 x 5 cm plate

Fossil Site: Rowe, Carpathian Mountains, Poland

Fossil Code: PFF330

Price: Sold

Lightfish Fossil FishDescription: The black on black matrix made this a difficult fish to photograph. The fish and matrix are darker than my photos represent. The preservation is quite good. The contemporary species of this genus has photophores along it’s body. I do not know if the Phosichthys argenteus LightfishOligocene species had these light spots.

The contemporary Lightfish is a long slender fish with an enormous disproportionately sized eye and a series of photophores along its sides and belly

The Carpathians offer one of the world’s premier collecting sites for Oligocene fossil salt-water fossil fish. Note the photo of the collecting locality.

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Uncommon Vinciguerria Lightfish Fossil Fish
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