Family Chirocentridae Cuvier and Valenciennes 1846 (herring)

Actinopteri - Clupeiformes - Clupeoidei

Parent taxon: Clupeoidei according to R. Betancur-R et al. 2013

See also Case and Schwimmer 1988, Grande 1982, Hay 1902, Jordan 1963 and Woodward 1901

Sister taxa: Ancylostylidae, Clupavidae, Clupeidae, Clupeoidea, Cromeriidae, Dorosomidae, Dussumieriidae, Engraulidae, Erythrinolepidae, Macristiidae, Notogoneidae, Phractolaemidae, Pristigasteridae, Ranulfoichthys, Scombroclupea

Subtaxa: Chirocentrus Platinx Portheus Spathodactylus

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Ecology: nektonic carnivore

Distribution:

• Eocene of Italy (1 collection)

• Paleocene of Turkmenistan (1)

• Cretaceous of Tajikistan (1), United States (2: North Carolina, Wyoming)

Total: 5 collections each including a single occurrence

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