Seahorse Relative Pipefish Fossil from California

Hipposygnathus sp

Superclass Actinopterygii, Class Actinopterygii, Order Syngnathiformes, Family Syngnathidae

Geological Time: Miocene

Size (2.54 mm = 1 inch): Plate size 17.7 x 12.7 cm (7 x 5”). . The complete fish fossil would be 16.5 cm (6.5”) if outstrected

Fossil Site: Vaquero Formation, Santa Ynez Valley, California

Fossil Code: PFF334

Price: Sold

Hipposygnathus Fish FossilDescription: Presented is a well-preserved optimum sized specimen of this interesting family of fish. The plate was cracked and repaired. Syngnathidae is a family of fish which include the seahorses, the pipefishes, and thePipefish weedy and leafy sea dragons. They are characterised by their elongated snouts, fused jaws, the absence of pelvic fins, and by thick plates of bony armour covering the body. The armour gives them a rigid body, so that they have to swim by rapidly fanning their fins.

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