Lebanese Cretaceous "Flying Fish" with Associated Crustacean

Name: Telepholis tenuis

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage

Size: (25.4 mm = 1 inch) 26 mm across pectoral fins, 120 mm in length on 180 mm by 91 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Haqel, Lebanon

Flying fish fossil Telepholis tenuisDescription: An unusual, rare example of a flying fish, as demonstrated by its dramatically-elongated pectoral fins, this one is far more rarely seen than Exocoetoides, another member of the Family Chirothricidae. There is a 26 mm long crustacean seen in association, possibly of the genus Eryma. The fish is shown from the ventral position, well-positioned in its block of sublithographic limestone. Notice that even the overall outline of the fish has been preserved within this fine example, affording a good idea of this rarely-seen taxon.

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