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Named By: Lundberg & Case in 1970
Time Period: Middle Eocene
Location: USA, Oregon - Clarno Formation, and Wyoming
Size: About 20 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Several specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Actinopterygii | Siluriformes | Hypsidoroidea | Hypsidoridae |

Hypsidoris is an extinct genus of catfish, classified within its own family Hypsidoridae, from the Eocene epoch of North America.

Hypsidoris was about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) long, and looked similar to the modern catfish, also possessing sensitive barbels used to detect prey in murky waters. It also had a vibration-sensitive organ called the Weberian apparatus, which consisted of specialized vertebrae at the front of the spinal column which passed vibrations to the inner ear, using the swim bladder as a resonance chamber. For defense against predators, Hypsidoris had large spines at the front of each pectoral fin. Like modern catfish, it would probably have eaten smaller fish, along with crayfish and other bottom-dwelling creatures.

There are two species. H. farsonensis is from the Early Middle Eocene of Wyoming and H. oregonensis is from the Middle Eocene of Oregon.

Read more about Hypsidoris at Wikipedia
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