Cretaceous Ctenodentelops Fossil Fish

Ctenodentelops striatus

Order Elopiformes, Family Elopidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Middle Cenomanian Stage (93 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Ctenodentelops: 115 mm long, 30 mm across Gaudryella: 25 mm long on a 225 mm by 119 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, en-Nammoura, Lebanon

Ctenodentelops striatus fish fossilDescription: Known for its incredibly well-preserved fish and crustaceans, the sublithographic limestone of the Cretaceous of Lebanon also preserved incredible detail here as well in this newly-described taxon known as Ctenodentelops striatus. The genus was erected in late 2003, one of 6 new genera established at that time. The en-Nammoura location is quite different in its fauna from either Hajoula or Hakel. It is thought to have been slightly younger than either of those locations. Based upon a high level of preserved terrestrial plants, it is further thought to have been closer to land, albeit islands rather than the continental coastline. Fish are far more rare at en-Nammoura, with very few recorded multiple specimens found. The taxon derives its name from the comb-like, striated teeth. The other fish present on this fine plate is Gaudryella gaudryi. The preservation is exceptional, with even the individual scales preserved with remarkable detail.

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