Fish

Purbeck fish

The Purbeck Beds are rightly famous for their range of fossil fish, with some 32 species described so far. Lepidotes is one of the commoner forms and is distinguished by having thick, enamelled and rectangular scales which become diamond-shaped towards the tail.

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Common name

Fish

Scientific name

Lepidotus minor

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Middle

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Swanage

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00275