FaunaFigures Fishes – Obscurus Protosphyraena
It’s a new FaunaFigures Fish! Except this time, we’ve teamed up with the Obscurus line to bring out a prehistoric Monster Fish! Because it’s made as part of the Obscurus line, this figure is a 1:20 scale model, so it will go with the big prehistoric figures in your collection.
As with the other FaunaFigures Fishes these models are not toys, although they are very durable (certainly not bath toys!). They are still made of a light-weight resin and painted by sculptor Brandon DeMoss so each one will be a unique individual!
Overall, this figure is based on Protosphyraena nitida, one of several sleek, long-nosed predatory fish from the Cretaceous of Eurasia and North America. They are notable for their pointed snouts, high dorsal fins and long paired fins. On some species the pectoral fins have a sharp serrated front edges, however P. nitida has a less sharp edge–in the scale of this model, the edge wouldn’t be noticeable. They appear to have hit upon the look of modern billfish like marlins and sailfish before they ever existed (convergence!)
The name Protosphyraena refers to the early descriptions assuming that these toothy, fast looking fish were somehow precursors to modern Barracuda (Sphryaena) but they are in fact part of an extinct order of fishes called Pachycormiformes. This group was very diverse throughout much of the Mesozoic, and included what may be the largest bony fish of all time, Leedsichthys.
In the modern day, the closest relatives are other members of the Holostei–gars and bowfin–but the relationship is very distant.
Protosphyraena species ranged from about 2 – 3 metres in length; the model is about 10.5 cm SL, in a leaping pose of a water-surface base. This was inspired by their aforementioned similarity to high-speed modern pelagic predators like swordfish, marlins and barracuda…the big teeth certainly leads us to believe it was also a high speed predator.
To our knowledge, this is the first available model of Protosphyraena. We are pleased to correct that–prehistoric fish models are simply not common enough!
Each model will be unique, and will come with an information card.