Tselfatia

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Tselfatia
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian–Turonian
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T. formosa specimen
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Tselfatia

Arambourg, 1944
Binomial name
Tselfatia formosa
Arambourg, 1944
Other species
  • T. dalmaticaBardack & Teller-Marshall, 1980

Tselfatia is an extinct genus of Cretaceous bony fish. Originally described from (and named after) Djebl Tselfat in Morocco, it has since been discovered at sites in several other countries (Texas/USA, Germany, Mexico, Italy and the former Yugoslavia). The type species, Tselfatia formosa, was named and described in 1944 by French paleontologist Camille Arambourg. [2] A second species, T. dalmatica, was named in 1980 from the Dalmatian Coast of Yugoslavia. [3]

The enormous dorsal fin as well as the large anal fin both feature one much enlarged ray, characteristic for the genus. These fish are never common and more work needs to be done on the known specimens.

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References

  1. "Crossognathiformes". Paleobiology Database. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  2. Tselfatia Arambourg, 1944 in GBIF Secretariat (2017). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2019-08-03.
  3. Bardack, David & Teller-Marshall, Susan (1980). Tselfatia, a Tethyan Cretaceous teleost; first records from North America and Yugoslavia. Journal of Paleontology . 54 (5): 1075–1083.