Very Rare Tropical Fossil Fish Argyropelecus from Poland
Order Stomiiformes, Family Sternoptychidae
Time: Middle Oligocene
fish length 33 mm
Rowe, Carpathian Mountains. Poland
The gunus Argyropelecus is also known by the common name of Hatchetfish;
obviously derived from their unusual body shape. They are mostly
deep-bodied, compressed fishes which have a sharp "blade"
along the lower margin of the body and a "handle" formed
by the posterior half of the body. One of the distinguishing characters
of the genus Argyropelecus is the presence of a bony blade in front
of the dorsal fin. Hatchetfishes are deepsea fishes which have upward-directed
eyes and light-producing photophores.
specimen is in superb condition. Note the photo of the collecting
locality in Poland.
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