Enchodus is an extinct genus of Actinopterygii-ray-finned fish. It flourished during the Upper Cretaceous. Enchodus survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event and persisted at least into the Eocene.

Enchodus species were small to medium in size. One of the genus' most notable attributes are the large "fangs" at the front of the upper and lower jaws and on the palatine bones, leading to its misleading nickname among fossil hunters and paleoichthyologists, "the saber-toothed herring". These fangs, along with a long sleek body and large eyes, suggest Enchodus was a predatory species.

The largest-known species of Enchodus is E. petrosus and it grows to 4 ft 11 in with fangs up to 2.4 in, giving its skull an appearance somewhat reminiscent of modern deep-sea fishes, such as anglerfish and viperfish. Other species were smaller, some like E. parvus were only some cm (a few inches) long.

Despite being a formidable predator, remains of Enchodus are commonly found among the stomach contents of larger predators, including sharks, other bony fish, mosasaurs, plesiosaurs and seabirds such as Baptornis.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Enchodus

In Jurassic Park based games

Jurassic Park: Builder

see Enchodus/Builder

It appears in Jurassic Park: Builder as a DNA rescue creature in the aquatic park.


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