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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Zaproridae
Genus: Araeosteus
Species: A. rothi
Binomial name
Araeosteus rothi
Jordan and Gilbert, 1920

Araeosteus rothi is an extinct bony fish closely related to the modern-day prowfish, Zaprora silenus. A. rothi is found in Late Miocene marine strata of Southern California, primarily the Diatom Beds of Lompoc.


The generic name is a compound word meaning "slender bone." The specific name honors one Almon Edward Roth of Stanford University.[1]


  1. ^ Jordan, David Starr, Gilbert, James Zaccheus. Fossil fishes of diatom beds of Lompoc, California 1920 [1]

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