Large, 23.7" Guitar Ray (Rhinobatos) Fossil - Lebanon

This is a beautifully preserved and quite rare "Guitar Ray" (Rhinobatos) from the Upper Cretaceous deposits new Byblos, Lebanon. This specimen is very large at 23.7" long and wonderfully detailed. There are several repaired cracks in the limestone, requiring gap fill and touchup restoration along the cracks.

The back side of this limestone slab has been coated in a layer of fiberglass. Comes with a display stand or upon request we can add a french cleat style wall hanger at no additional charge.

The genus Rhinobatos still exists in our seas, in the tropical and hot temperate regions, and includes about 30 present day species. There are eight described species of Rhinobatos from the Lebanese deposits with Rhinobatos whitfieldi being one of the smaller ones.

The Upper Cretaceous Lebanese lagerstätten yields some of the most exquisitely preserved fossil fish in the world. Over 80 genre are currently described, with many more still awaiting description. These beautiful fossils have been quarried near Byblos, Lebanon for well over a century and include sharks, rays, shrimp, ray-finned fishes and more.
Rhinobatos sp.
Hgula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
23.7" long on 37.4 x 7.1" limestone
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