Nematonotus longispinus Cretaceous Fossil Fish

from Lebanese Lagerstatte

Nematonotus longispinus

Class Actinopterygii, Order Aulopiformes, Family Sardinoididae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 million years ago)

Size: Fish fossil is 72 mm long, 55 mm long dorsal on a 100 mm by 70 mm matrix

Fossil Site Lebanese Lagerstätte, Hajoula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: TGF05

Price: Sold

Nematonotus longispinus Cretaceous Fossil FishDescription: This fossil offers an opportunity to own an example of a fine predatory Nematonotus fish. As they mature, Nematonotus develop a dramatic flag-like dorsal fin extension, hence the generic name longispinus. The dorsal fin of this specimen lives up to that name, demonstrating this is an adult example. The genus became extinct during the Cretaceous. The detail in the caudal fin is remarkable; notice too the fine detail to the vertebral column and the soft tissue preservation.

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