5 Inch Priscacara Liops Fossil Fish

Here is a nice 5 inch long fossil fish of the species Cockerellites liops from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. It was found in the 18 inch layer, so it would have been completely covered in rock and required hours of detail preparation work. It's centered on a nice piece of matrix and displays well with the included acrylic display stand.

Cockerellites liops is a species of extinct temperate bass found in the Eocene aged Green River Formation of Wyoming. It is characterized by a sunfish-like body and its stout dorsal and anal spines. Originally it was placed in the Priscacara genus but was moved to the newly created genus Cockerellites by D. Jordan and H. Hanibal in 1923. There is still some debate among researchers about whether this new genus is valid.

Cockerellites is found in large numbers in mid-lake deposits, representing 5-20% of the fish unearthed (depending on the layer). It's considerably rarer in shoreline deposits, representing 1-2% of the fish found. Because of this, Cockerellites is thought to have been a schooling fish. They are known to attain a maximum size of about six inches, but rarely exceeds five inches in length.

At first glance Cockerellites liops has a very similar appearance to the rarer species, Priscacara. Size can often be used as a differentiator as Cockerellites did not exceed 6 inches while Priscacara serrata is typically found in excess of 6 inches. Cockerellites also had more dorsal and anal fin rays than Priscacara and a much smaller mouth.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Cockerellites liops
LOCATION
Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
5.05" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#803
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