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Promexyele
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A Promxyele. Note the large pectorial fins.

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phlyum:

Chordata

Class:

Chondricthyes

Subclass:

Holocephali

Order:

Inoptygiformes

Genus:

†Promexyele

Species:

†P. peyeri (type)

Promexyele was a genus of Chimera-like cartilaginous fish that lived during the Carboniferous Period , about 300 million years ago. This little known shark-like fish belonged to a group known as iniopterygians. Promexyele had extremly large pectoral fins like a modern day lionfish. The function of the fins are unknown, although, speculated to have functioned like flying fishes' fins, allowing this bizarre creature to glide above the water's surface.