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  • Cobitopsis acutus (P. Gervais, 1847)


    Images:

    oilshale

    Taxonomy

    Halfbeak

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Actinopterygia
    Order: Beloniformes
    Family: Hemiramphidae
    Genus: Cobitopsis
    Species: Cobitopsis acutus
    Author Citation (P. Gervais, 1847)

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Cenozoic
    Period: Paleogene
    Sub Period: None
    Epoch: Oligocene
    International Age: Rupelian

    Stratigraphy

    unknown

    Provenance

    Collector: T. Bastelberger
    Date Collected: 06/01/1982
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Dimensions

    Length: 6 cm

    Location

    Saint-Saturnin
    Puy-de-Dôme
    Auvergne
    France

    Comments

    This fish belongs to the Hemiramphidae family (Halfbeaks) within the  order Beloniformes; The halfbeaks are named for their distinctive jaws, in which the lower jaws are significantly longer than the upper jaws. Halfbeaks hunt insects and fish at the water surface in sometimes large groups.

     

    Reference:

    J. J. Sepkoski, Jr. 2002. A compendium of fossil marine animal genera. Bulletins of American Paleontology 363:1-560



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