Named By: Jesús Alberto Díaz-Cruz, Jesús Alvarado-Ortega & Gerardo Carbot-Chanona - 2019.
Classification: Chordata, Actinopterygii, Neopterygii, Aleposauroidei, Enchodontidae.
Species: V. avendanoi (type).
Size: Holotype about 22 centimetres long.
Known locations: Mexico - Cintalapa Formation.
Time period: Cennomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete.
a strong resemblance to the much better known Enchodus,
a genus of predatory fish that lived during the late Cretaceous. The
name Veridagon translates as ‘true Dagon’,
and was picked
because the name Dagon by itself had already been used for a genus of
butterfly. Anyone familiar with the works of H. P. Lovecraft will
be familiar that Dagon was the deity of the Deep Ones. Also the
Philistines were recorded as having a fish god also called Dagon.
These were the inspirations for the genus name of this fish.
- Dagon avendanoi gen. and sp. nov., an Early Cenomanian Enchodontidae (Aulopiformes) fish from the El Chango quarry, Chiapas, southeastern Mexico. - Journal of South American Earth Sciences. 91: 272–284. - Jesús Alberto Díaz-Cruz, Jesús Alvarado-Ortega & Gerardo Carbot-Chanona - 2019.