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meaning: "shield snout"
Named By: Agassiz in1843
Time Period: Middle Jurassic-Late Cretaceous
Location: Europe including England, France and Germany
Size: About 60 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Many individuals
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.

Read more about Aspidorhynchus at Wikipedia
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