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1 March 2012 An Early Oligocene Elopiform Fish from a New Locality in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey
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A new locality sampling Oligocene marine deposits of the Tethys is located in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. Among the vertebrate remains recovered from the site are two specimens representing previously undescribed fishes. Each specimen represents a different taxon, but only one is preserved well enough to describe. We here describe that fish as a new genus and species of elopiform, Echinelops ozcani. The Elopiformes are basal teleost fishes that first appear in the fossil record in the Jurassic. The living diversity of the order is much reduced, with few genera reported from the Cenozoic. Whereas many of the elopiforms are large fishes, the Anatolian specimen is fairly small. Although there is a report of an elopid in the Paratethys region during the Oligocene, the new genus and species of elopiform reported here is the first record of this order in the Tethys Sea during this time.

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Alison M. Murray and Izzet Hoşgör "An Early Oligocene Elopiform Fish from a New Locality in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(2), (1 March 2012). https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2012.648248
Received: 6 October 2011; Accepted: 1 December 2011; Published: 1 March 2012
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