|Named By:||Agassiz in1843|
|Time Period:||Middle Jurassic-Late Cretaceous|
|Location:||Europe including England, France and Germany|
|Size:||About 60 centimetres long|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Gnathostomata | Osteichthyes | Aspidorhynchiformes | Aspidorhynchidae ||
Aspidorhynchus (meaning "shield snout") is an extinct genus of ray-finned fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Fossils have been found in Europe and Antarctica.
Aspidorhynchus was a slender, fast-swimming fish, 60 centimetres (2.0 ft) long, with tooth-lined, elongated jaws. It also had heavy scales and a symmetrical tail. The upper jaw was longer than the lower jaw, ending in a toothless spike. Although it would have looked superficially similar to the present day gar, its closest living relative is actually the bowfin.