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Cretazeus rinaldii
Temporal range: Campanian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Zeiformes
Family: incertae sedis
Genus: Cretazeus
Tyler, Bronzi & Ghiandoni, 2000
Species: C. rinaldii
Binomial name
Cretazeus rinaldii
Tyler, Bronzi & Ghiandoni, 2000 [1]

Cretazeus rinaldii is an extinct genus of ray-finned fish from the Campanian epoch of Nardò, Italy. It is the oldest known zeiform fish,[2] and cannot yet be placed in any family.[3]


  1. ^ J. C. Tyler, P. Bronzi & A. Ghiandoni (2000). "The Cretaceous fishes of Narò 11°. A new genus and species of Zeiformes, Cretazeus rinaldii, the earliest record for the order". Bolletino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona. 24: 11–28. 
  2. ^ James C. Tyler & Francesco Santini (2005). "A phylogeny of the fossil and extant zeiform-like fishes, Upper Cretaceous to Recent, with comments on the putative zeomorph clade (Acanthomorpha)". Zoologica Scripta. 34 (2): 157–175. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2005.00180.x. 
  3. ^ James C. Tyler, Bruce O 'Toole & Richard Winterbottom (2003). "Phylogeny of the Genera and Families of Zeiform Fishes, with Comments on Their Relationships with Tetraodontiforms and Caproids". Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology. 618 (618): 1–110. doi:10.5479/si.00810282.618. hdl:10088/5182.