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A New Shortbilled Marlin of the Genus Makaira, from the Yorktown Formation, (Early Pliocene), Eastern North Carolina at Lee Creek Mine, USA
Tertiary Research
  • Harry L. Fierstine, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
5-1-1999
Abstract

An unusually short rostrum from the Yorktown Formation, Early Pliocene, eastern North Carolina at Lee Creek Mine, USA, is described as a new species, Makaira purdyi. The rostrum is morphologically distinct from any Recent or fossil istiophorid in the following combination of characters: (1) fused portion of premaxillae is short and stout with denticlcs covering at least the distal one-half of its dorsal surface; (2) at one-fourth bill length, the cross-section is nearly round (depth/width = 0.95). The new marlin is distinguished from the extant shortbill spearfish, Tetrapturus angustirostris, and any istiophorid with a short rostrum caused by injury.

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Citation Information
Harry L. Fierstine. "A New Shortbilled Marlin of the Genus Makaira, from the Yorktown Formation, (Early Pliocene), Eastern North Carolina at Lee Creek Mine, USA" Tertiary Research Vol. 19 Iss. 3+4 (1999) p. 71 - 77
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