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Mene oblonga


   
Mene oblonga was a small fish from shallow waters in the Tethys Ocean near what is now Italy, from the Lutetian epoch, until the Early Oligocene.  It is a relative of the modern day moonfish (or bilong-bilong), M. maculata, of the Indo-Pacific. Unlike most other Mene species, M. oblonga had a comparatively shallow chest.  During the Eocene at Monte Bolca, M. oblonga lived sympatrically with its relative M. rhombea.  It was either a planktivore, or picked out edible detrius and organisms out of the sediment.  The only known Oligocene specimen, from Chiavon, is referred to as Mene oblonga var. pusilla.




Name


Mene oblonga

Authority
   

(Agassiz (1833))

Meaning of the generic name


Moon (shaped)

Size




Remains


Numerous remains found in the Pescaria, or fossiliferous region of the Monte Bolca limestone quarries of Italy, single specimen from Chiavon, Italy


Age and Distribution


Lutetian Epoch of the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy, to the Early Oligocene of Chiavon, Italy


Classification


Actinopterygii, Percoformes, Menidae
  Further Reading


Friedman & Johnson, "A new species of Mene (Perciformes: Menidae) from the Paleocene of South America, with notes on paleoenvironment and a brief review of menid fishes."

 Synonyms 





Life reconstruction of Mene oblonga (© Stanton Fink)

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