Cretaceous Eel Fossil from Lebanon

Enchelion montium

Class Actinopterygii, Order Anguilliformes, Suborder Congroidei, Family Congridae

Geologic Time: Middle Cretaceous Middle Cenomanian Stage (~95 mya)

Size: 82 mm in length

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Haqel, Lebanon

Eal Fossil Description: A rarely seen member of the Order Angulliformes, Family Congridae, it is one of the earliest eels. The dorsal and anal fins have been joined to form a fringe running the length of the body. They probably fed on worms, crustaceans, and other small fare. The genus went extinct in the Upper Cretaceous.

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