Cladocyclus, tharrias, &amp;amp;amp;amp; racholepsis
View of head of Cladocyclus with its prey
Cladocyclus predatory fish
A superb extra large fish plate featuring 3 species of fish, including a superb Cladocyclus gardneri, from Brazil.
The fish date from the Lower Cretaceous, Late Aptian-Cenomanian, and are 108 to 92 million years old. They were discovered in the Santana Formation, Ceara, Northeastern Brazil.
The larger fish is an outstanding Cladocyclus gardneri, 3D fish from the famous Lagerstatte Santana Formation in Brazil. It dates from the Lower Cretaceous and is 115 million years old.
The quality of preservation is astounding, with scales, head, and fins in perfect condition. It has the advantage of being raised in a light coloured matrix slab.
Cladocyclus was a tarpon like fish, and a ferocious predator. It was a fast swimmer, with its elongated body, large powerful fins, and large needle like teeth.
Its modern relatives are popular amongst game fishermen for their strength and endurance.
Also present on this plate are some trout-like fish, Racholepis buccalis.
They fed on other smaller fish, and soft bodied aquatic invertebrates such as mayflies, dragonflies, and molluscs
In addition we have another species of fish present on this amazing plate, Tharrias araripis.
These were a Teleost, or ray-finned fish, and are a distant ancestor of today's tunafish, herrings, and marlin.
They preyed on smaller fish.
The Santana Formation is to be found in North East Brazil, in the Araripe Basin. The strata were laid down during the early Cretaceous Period.
The location produces exceptionally well preserved and diverse fauna & Flora. Over 25 species of fish are known, along with pterosaurs, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. Many soft parts were preserved during fossilisation.
In the future it will become much more difficult to offer these spectacular fossils, as there are moves afoot to make the formation, and its fossil record, a protected area.
All the fish are raised in 3D relief on the plate, making a stunning display.
This is a one off piece of natural art, and will look incredible when hung on a wall.
We can quote for framing if this is your preference.
One not to be missed.
Size of plate: 140cms x 51cms
The plate is set into black acrylic
A superb work of art for the home or office