velifer - Order
Beryciformes, Family Dinopterigidae
Shrimp: Carpopenaeus septemspinatus
Starfish; Geocoma libanotica
Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 million years old)
mm = 1 inch) Aipichthys; 48 mm high, Shrimp: 45 mm long; Starfish: 30
mm and 10 mm across
Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Haqel, Lebanon
exotic fossil fish is Aipichthys velifer a member of the Order Beryciformes,
Family Dinopterigidae. Aipichthys is believed to have been a predator
of smaller fish. The genus died out during the Upper Cretaceous,
leaving no descendants. There is also a fossil shrimp known as Carpopenaeus
septemspinatus, a name derived from its seven rostral spines. Finally,
there are a pair of negatives of the starfish Geocoma libanotica.
Thus the plate shows a small diversity of the shallow-water Cretaceous
ecosystem of what was to become Lebanon some 95 million years later.