Dorateuthis Vampyromorph Coleoid Museum Fossil

with extensive soft tissue phosphatic preservation

Dorateuthis syriaca

Phylum Mollusca, Class Cephalopoda, Subclass Coeloidea, Superorder Vampyropoda, Family Plesioteuthidae

Alternately: Superorder: Octopodiformes, Order Vampyromorphida, where Vampyropoda is synonym

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 165 mm with tentacles Width : 155 mm at fins on a 200 mm by 130 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Hajula, Lebanon

Code: RS150

Price: Sold

Dorateuthis syriacaDescription: Here is a most unusual fossil from the Cretaceous of Lebanon; a very detailed vampyromorgh cephalopod known as Dorateuthis syriaca which shows extensive soft tissue phosphatic preservation. The orange section shows the gills, while the buccal mass,Vampyromorphida ink sack and gladius (pen) can be made out, as well as the outline of the body including the extensive fins (see the interpretive drawing). There is a repaired crack which does little to detract from this particularly large example.

Reference: Fuchs, Memorie della Societa Italiana, Vol XXXIV Fasciolo II, 2006.

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Gills above




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