Exotic Cretaceous Lebanese Guitar Fish Fossil

Rhinobatos hakelensis

Class Chondrichthyes, Order Rajiformes
, Family Rhinobatidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage

Size: 115 mm in length

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstte, Haqel, Lebanon

Fish Fossil Rhinobatos hakelensisDescription: A rarely seen member of the Order Rajiformes, Family Rhinobatidae, it is a member of the cartilaginous fishes known as "guitar fish" due to its body shape. Preservation of cartilage is much less Rhinobatos Guitar Fishescommon; preservation as fine as this is exceptional. Notice all the detail in the fins and preserved head structure. While this particular species when extinct by the end of the Cretaceous, the genus has lived on into the present.

Also see: Other Class Chondrichthyes Fish Fossils

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