Trichiurides sagittidens – Tooth
Species Name: Trichiurides sagittidens
Age: Eocene, Bracklesham Beds, 55 to 33 Mya.
Location: Lee on Solent, Hampshire
Trichiurides sagittidens tooth collected from the Eocene Bracklesham Beds in Lee on Solent, Hampshire. Trichiurides is an extant genus of Cultass fish; these fish typically have long, slender bodies with reduced pelvic and tail fins giving them an eel like appearance. The Bracklesham beds in which these teeth were found are well known among paleontologists and fossil collectors in Britain; they have yielded over 160 different species of fish and the beds continue to be productive today despite having been pillaged by collectors for over 100 years. These tooth specimens measure approximately 8 to 10 mm and are supplied in small plastic bags with an information label.