Partial Gar Fish (Obaichthys) - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

This is an unusual find from the Late Cretaceous, Kem Kem Beds of Morocco. It's a partial, articulated Gar Fish, Obaichthys africanus. While individual scales of gar fish are common finds, finding articulated specimens, even partial ones like this is pretty rare. The detailed scales can be seen still in place on both sides of the rock. The entire section is 4.1 inches in length. This is actually the first example of an articular gar fish from the locality I've seen myself, though a similar section is described in the paper below.

A paper on this Late Cretaceous fish assemblage can be found at:

Taxonomic Composition and Trophic Structure of the Continental Bony Fish Assemblage from the Early Late Cretaceous of Southeastern Morocco
DETAILS
SPECIES
Obaichthys africanus
LOCATION
Taouz, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Kem Kem Beds
SIZE
4.1" long, 2.3" Tall
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ITEM
#21305
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