Mene Rhombea, fossil fish

Mene Rhombea, fossil fish

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mene rhombea was a perciform (perch like) fish belonging to the family Menidae. This fish lived in Middle Eocene times, about 45 million years ago, in tropical lagoons in the Tethys Ocean, a large sea in the area that is now more or less the Mediterranean. Fossils of Mene rhombea, sometimes dubiously referred to as a "moonfish", are nearly all from Monte Bolca, about 30 km north-east of Verona in Italy. This location is known as Pesciara or "Fishbowl" due to the many marine fossils here found. The length of this adult specimen is about 20cm.

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Keywords: eocene, fish, fossil, fossil fish, lagoon, mene-rhombea, monte-bolca, moonfish, ocean, perch, tethys, tropical

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