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3.28 in. Rare Needle Fish Fossil "Throat Whale" Cf. Dercetis - Morocco

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3.28 in. Rare Needle Fish Fossil "Throat Whale" Cf. Dercetis - Morocco
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Cf. Dercetis (AGASSIZ, 1834)
Needle Fish aka Throat Whale

Upper Cretaceous Period - Cenomian Stage (93-100 million years old)

Akrabou Formation
Gara es Sbâa, Agoult,
Kem Kem Basin, Morocco, Africa

Dercetis : 3.28 in. outstretched length (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
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An undescribed species of the dercetid close to Dercetis. Some specimens have preserved with even smaller fish, possibly of the same species, in the region of its stomach, hinting at it's last meal being preserved. Another unique feature of this fish is that it has an elongated mouth that has formed in a hard rostrum lined with teeth.

The exposures of the Akrabou Formation near Agoult in the Kem-Kem Basin of Southeastern Morocco were the first time many of these Cretaceous Period fish were ever found in North Africa (around 2006) and are incredibly similar to those found in Lebanon of a similar geologic age. Many fine details including gut contents have been preserved in these remarkable fossil fish.

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