Atractosteus africanus
Temporal range: Cretaceous
A little known african giant by hyrotrioskjan-d7w6vnm
An artist's illustration and size comparison of Atractosteus africanus
Atractosteus africanus
Fossils of Atractosteus africanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lepisosteiformes
Family: Lepisosteidae
Genus: Atractosteus
Species: A. africanus
Binomial name
Atractosteus africanus

Atractosteus africanus is an extinct species of large gar from the Cretaceous of Africa and Europe, most remains are today known from France, the fossils in African were found in Niger. Because of it's size and the habit of modern Atractosteus to bath in the sun and to breath air in waters with an low oxygen level speculated about the possibility to be preyed upon by Spinosaurus.