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Fish/Reptile Skull Fragment?

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Collected from Galveston bay dredge spoils, late Pleistocene Beaumont formation.  First thought was gar skull fragment but it lacks the central suture line evident in online photos.  Hoping someone here might recognize it. 

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KimTexan

Can we see a pic straight on of both the side and the snout to the back? Profiles can be helpful. 

I think it looks like a sturgeon, but I don’t see the skull sutures for that either.

Maybe @Uncle Siphuncle or @Harry Pristis would have some insight.

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darrow

I’ll post some shots of the profile tomorrow.  

Not sure sturgeon were ever this far south?

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Peat Burns

Could be gar or bowfin

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Fossildude19

*1 for Sea Robin skull. 

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Uncle Siphuncle

Nice.  Rare in TX.

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LordTrilobite

Dunno what type, but this is 100% a fish skull.

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darrow
5 hours ago, Uncle Siphuncle said:

Nice.  Rare in TX.

First I've come across but curious why they would be rare given the habitat of at least one Texas species "...inshore waters, bays and salt marshes."

https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas/flora-fauna-guide/gulf-waters/animals-of-the-gulf-waters/bighead-sea-robin

 

Perhaps marine transgression across the shallow shelf of the Texas coast.

 

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sharko69

Not rare in Texas. It is sea robin. Here is one I caught in Galveston over Thanksgiving holiday.

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