03221 - Beautiful Well Preserved Rare Gar Fish Scale (Obaichthys africanus) From Kem Kem Basin
03221 - Beautiful Well Preserved Rare Gar Fish Scale (Obaichthys africanus) From Kem Kem Basin 03221 - Beautiful Well Preserved Rare Gar Fish Scale (Obaichthys africanus) From Kem Kem Basin

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03221 - Beautiful Well Preserved Rare Gar Fish Scale (Obaichthys africanus) From Kem Kem Basin

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Species
Obaichthys africanus
Age
Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian stage, (~96 Million Years)
Location
Taouz, Errachidia Province, South Morocco
Formation
Ifezouane Formation, Red Sandstone Beds, KemKem Basin
Size
17.1 mm   •    in
Weight
1 g   •    oz
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Description

The abundant fish fauna which can be found in the Cretaceous layers of the Kem Kem Basin is large and varied. Recently Cavin et al., (2015) made an important revision of the Cretaceous association of continental fish in the south of Morocco. Link:

"Taxonomic Composition and Trophic Structure of the Continental Bony Fish Assemblage from the Early Late Cretaceous of Southeastern Morocco"

The scales of many of this teleost fish have a wonderful preservation due to its extreme robustness. The colors of its enamel have very brilliant red and orangish hues. Obaichthys africanus belongs to the Lepisosteidae family, which has an invertivorous diet. It is a quite rare taxon, and its holotype has been only described with the partial rests of a fragment of its body, found in the Cretaceous zone of the Kem Kem.

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