Cretaceous Lebanese Needle Fish Fossil

Name: Belonostomus sp

Phylum Chordata; Class Actinopterygii; Order Aspidorynchiformes; Family Aspidorynchidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~93 mya)

Size: 80 mm in length (if straightened)

Fossil Site: en-Nammoura, Lebanon

Cretaceous Lebanese Needle Fish FossilThis is a rarely seen member of the Order Aspidorynchiformes, Family Aspidorynchidae, it is a Belonostomus fossil fish teethmember of the bony fishes commonly known as a “needle fish” due to its body shape. The upper and lower jaws have been extended into a rostrum; these fish were predators of smaller fish. Notice the rodlike scales and the mouthful of sharp teeth. The genus went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous along with the dinosaurs.

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