Extremely Rare Garfish

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Lot 1056W
Extremely Rare Garfish

Sold for US$ 31,250 inc. premium
Extremely Rare Garfish
Massilosteus janaea
Eocene
Green River Formation, Lincoln County, Wyoming

One of approximately ten specimens of its kind, this offering is one of the most rare fish specimens to come from the Green River Formation. This peculiar garfish species exhibits extremely short, robust jaws fitted with crushing molariform teeth rather than the rows of pointed teeth typical of other gar species. It has been suggested that the species fed on shelled invertebrates. The beautifully preserved, characteristic cylindrical body is covered with the thick, shiny, diamond shaped scales for which gars are known. The largest modern alligator gars are known to grow up to nearly ten feet in length. This specimen, measuring almost 40 inches, has been framed in tropical walnut and fitted with a metal cleat for wall display.
Frame measures 54 in x 32 inches; Specimen measures 39 inches



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