Cimolichthys nepaholica

 

Cimolichthys nepaholica

Locality: Kansas
Formation: Niobrara
Length: 1.5 m (5 feet)
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Cimolichthys scale

Cimolichthys nepaholica

One of the most complicated casts TPI produces, the intricate and delicate nature of this large predatory fish of the Western Interior Seaway makes it a spectacular display specimen. At just over 1.5 meters (5 feet) long, an entire school of these could be incorporated into a variety of different exhibit scenarios. Double rows of large, recurved palatine and dentary teeth combined with the slicing action of forward-facing small teeth of the outer dentary and premaxillae made its bite a wicked combination of grab-and-cut action. Heavy dorsal and ventral scutes in double rows adorn the perimeter of the body.

Cimolichthys exhibit
Cimolichthys reproduction exhibited above the original fossil specimen.