Cladocyclus gardneri

Cladocyclus gardneri (80 cm.) 

Supervised by Steven Salisbury and Rodney Willian Berrell.

This fish is part of an extant genus of large marine predatory fish called Ichthyodectidae. That means ‘’fish-biters’’, and the group was characterized by being very large 1 to 5 m in length, and by having remarkably large teeth. Cladocyclus gardneri could reach 120 cm in length, and were found in the Mesozoic Basin in Brazil. It had a slender and laterally compressed body; large and oblique mouth opening dorsally, with a single series of conical, slender, pointed teeth.