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Lepidotes pankowskii

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Another large fish from the Kem Kem beds, you probably have seen this guy already on one Brian Engh's pictures of a hunting Spinosaurus, or on this one: dontmesswithdinosaurs.com/?p=4…
L. pankowskii is unusual for it's genus in being one of the largest species, having no ganoid over the facial bones and owning surprisingly small eyes. You can read more about this fish, which is known from two skulls, on Palaeontologia Electronica: palaeo-electronica.org/2011_1/…
Like it's relatives L. pankowskii most likely feed on hard shelled prey like clams, snails and small crabs, large oyster banks are known from the Bahariya formation (as well as Lepidotes scales) so northern Africa during the cenomanian seems to be a good place to grow big when your dentition was for crushing...
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UtkudakidHobbyist General Artist
their mouth seems like they use the "skate in the spider crab molting season"
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CeratopsiaStudent General Artist
I thought Lepidotes lived in England.
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Lepidotes was pretty common in Europe, northern Africa and maybe even North america (when I remember correctly) 
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CeratopsiaStudent General Artist
Cool, thanks! :) (Smile) 
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It reminds me of a large carp
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=)
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Looks like a Common Carp, no?

circlelake.org/wp-content/uplo…

See the resemblance? 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
I know, that's becuase the had a similar livestyle, being slow, feeding on the ground etc. 
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SquidBonezHobbyist Photographer
I really like your portrayal! Good job!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =)
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Even the 'Smallest' fish is 'Big' in Prehistoric times !  Oops!


Now, I understand how many species fed with these guy's. Easiest prey ever ! 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Well, I just covered the larger species of this river system, there are plenty which are much smaller.
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And possibly much easier to hunt (At least for Smaller Theropods)
Snakeman2013's avatar
The Manatee Fish. That's what it looks like to me.
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=D
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Among the toher snacks, I think this one is the most satisfying
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =)
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I had never realized just how much the Kem Kem beds preserve... I can only wonder how many non-tetrapods Yixian has.

Great piece with a realistic colour scheme.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
The Kem Kem beds have a very rich Ichthyo-fauna, some of the biggest freshwater fishes ever =)
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Most people always talk about the dinosaurs there, not the fish.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Indeed, most people forget the other vertebrates, the insects and especially the plants! (and the topography and the climate...)
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Well, I would like to know where to find out about those other vertebrates, plants, insects and the topography and climate.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
In a few cases you need to contact a scientist but it's mostly easy to find those information with Google, especially Google scholar.
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Kinda sucks really.
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