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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Pentanogmius Bananogmius1DB.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
Order: Tselfatiformes
Family: Plethodidae
Genus: Bananogmius
Whitley, 1940
  • Bananogmius ellisensis

Bananogmius is an extinct genus of ray-finned fish that lived in what is today Kansas during the Late Cretaceous. It lived in the Western Interior Seaway, which split North America in two during the Late Cretaceous.[1][2]


As with many plethodids, Bananogmius had a thin body reminiscent of the modern angelfish, dozens of small teeth, and an extremely high dorsal fin.[3]


  1. ^ Fielitz C, Shimada K. 1999. A new species of Bananogmius (Teleostei; Tselfatiformes) from the Upper Cretaceous Carlile Shale of western Kansas. Journal of Paleontology 73(3): 504-511.
  2. ^ Taverne L. 2001. Révision du genre Bananogmius (Teleostei, Tselfatiiformes), poisson marin du Crétecé supérior d'Amérique du Nord et d'Europe. Geodiversitas 23(1):17-40.
  3. ^ Everhart, Mike (23 Aug 2011). "Plethodids". Oceans of Kansas. Retrieved 28 April 2014.

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