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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Superclass: Osteichthyes
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Neopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
Superorder: Elopomorpha
Order: Crossognathiformes[1]
Family: Tseltafiidae
Genus: Protobrama
Species: P. avus

Protobrama is an extinct genus of teleost fish from the Cretaceous period of Lebanon.

Protobrama was a small fish, only 15 centimetres (6 in) long, and is thought to have hunted around coral reefs. It had a deep body, with long dorsal and anal fins, but had no pelvic fin. The position of the pectoral fins high on the body suggests that it was probably a fairly agile fish.[2]


  1. ^ "Crossognathiformes". Paleobiology Database. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 41. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.