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meaning: "decoration, a reference to the large spine"
Named By: Louis Agassiz in 1845
Time Period: Early Devonian
Location: Scotland
Size: Roughly about 15 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Several individuals
Classification: | Chordata | Acanthodii | Climatiiformes | Climatiidae |
Also known as: | Farnellia tuberculata | Parexus falcatus |

Parexus is an extinct genus of acanthodian fish. Acanthodians are often referred to as 'spiny sharks', although acanthodians are not true sharks and evolved perhaps 50 million years earlier than sharks. Acanthodians share several features with bony fish and cartilaginous fish; they often have spines supporting their fins.

Parexus is recognised by its large anterior dorsal fin spine. Several fossils have been discovered from the Early (Lower) Devonian Period of Tillywhandland, Scotland. Two species were described, P. recurvus and P. falcatus, both from Scotland; according to Burrow et al. (2013) P. falcatus is in fact a junior synonym of P. recurvus.

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