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  4. Phymotaxis tournoueri

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  6. Antigonia sp.

    Wow! Another gorgeous fish! Wish I had the money for the one that's up for sale at the moment. Thanks for posting this, Thomas.
  7. Properca sabbae Pauca, 1929

    Lit.: M. Pauca. 1929. Vorläufige Mitteilung über eine fossile Fischfauna aus den Oligozänschiefern von Sulanesti, Muscel. Academia Romana 12(4-5):26-34
  8. Antigonia sp.

    This species belongs to a small order of marine ray-finned fishes, the Zeiformes. The order consists of about 40 species in six (or seven?) families, mostly deep-sea types: Zeidae (Dories), Parazenidae (Parazen), Zeniontidae, Oreosomatidae, Grammicolepidae, Cyttidae (?) and Caproidae (Boarfishes). Zeiformes are considered to be the sister taxon of a group making up the order Beryciformes and a huge conglomeration of spiny-rayed fishes known as the "percomorpha", including the Perciformes. They range in size from less than 5 cm to up to 90cm. Zeiformes are characterized by usually thin and deep, compressed, and oblong to disk-shaped bodies with 5 -10 soft rays and possibly a spine in the pelvic fins, 5 -10 dorsal fin spines and up to 4 anal fin spines. The upper jaw with minute, slender conical teeth is more or less protrusible. With their greatly compressed head and body, large mouth, and extremely protrusible upper jaw, the Zeiformes are successful ambush predators. They slowly approach an unsuspecting small fish by means of undulating waves of the transparent soft dorsal and anal fins. In one quick motion they drop the "trapdoor" lower jaw, shoot out the upper jaw, and expand the gill cavity, sucking in the hapless prey along with a considerable volume of water. Zeiform fishes are carnivores; they feed mainly on a variety of fishes but also consume cephalopods and crustaceans. This fish here is an Antigonia sp. from the menilith shales of Bircza in the Polish Carpathians. Antigonia sp. is a member of the family Caproidae (Boarfish, Capros = boar from the Greek kapros). Boarfish are small, with only a few species known to reach a maximum total length of 30 centimetres (12 in) and most reaching less than half that figure. All members of this order are characterized by a laterally compressed body that is as high as it is long. Boarfishes typically have three spines and 25 to 35 soft rays in the anal fin. The pectoral fins are rounded, the pelvic fins set below them (1 stout spine and 5 slightly softer finrays). The first dorsal fin consists of about nine to ten spines, the third being the longest and the strongest. The second dorsal fin consists out of 25 to 35 soft rays. The large eye is well suited to its habitat in deep marine waters ranging from 40m to 600m. The protractile mouth, forming a small tube when protruded, is perfect for catching small copepods, mysids, benthic crustaceans and worms. The living species are all characterized by red, pink or silvery coloration. Swidnicki, J. 1986. Oligocene Zeiformes from the Polish Carpathians. - Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, Vol 31, No. 1-2, 111-135. picture from wikipedia
  9. Kainops raymondi

    Thank you! I'm quite pleased to have them in my collection!
  10. Declivolithus titan

    It was a lucky auction grab. Got it for a complete steal. Would really love to get a complete one, but the cephalic margin is my favorite part, so I'm glad to at least have that!
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  12. Declivolithus titan

    Very nice piece. Hard to get a genuine specimen of these that decent.
  13. Kainops raymondi

    Very attractive specimens.
  14. Kainops raymondi

    Purchased from our friend @holdinghistory as a matter of fact. He sells some amazing stuff!
  15. Kainops raymondi

    @DevonianDigger where did you get this? Very nice specimen.
  16. Kainops raymondi

    Fair enough, I'm not very used to that. Here we just have to split open shale
  17. Kainops raymondi

    These Oklahoma trilobites are found similar to Moroccan ones: by splitting the rock and hoping to split the trilobite and see the cross section. Just about every Oklahoma trilobite you will see has been split in half and glued back together to prep it.
  18. Declivolithus titan

    Excellent! Thank you. I was having a hard time finding information on this one!
  19. Declivolithus titan

    These bugs have now been formally described as Declivolithus titan Fortey & Edgecombe 2017
  20. Kainops raymondi

    Ah ok good.
  21. Kainops raymondi

    It's actually a very superficial crack in the matrix. It does run through the prone example, but has been expertly repaired and is barely noticeable on examination.
  22. Kainops raymondi

    That crack is scary Nice trilos!
  23. Kainops raymondi

    Prone and roller on matrix.
  24. Declivolithus titan

    Partial specimen purchased at auction. Thank you to @Douvilleiceras for updated taxa and author citation!
  25. Coltraneia oufatenensis

    Coltraneia is named for the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.
  26. Coltraneia oufatenensis

    That is one gorgeous bug Kane.
  27. Coltraneia oufatenensis

    Thanks. I think mine ate a lot of Devonian carrots.
  28. Coltraneia oufatenensis

    The eyes on yours are very nicely detailed. Mine are not as hot.
  29. Grammysia bisulcata (Conrad)

    @Innocentx You're welcome and good luck!
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