Drum Fish

 Family Sciaenidae
Genus Pogonias (Lacepède, 1801)
Pogonias sp.

Age - Miocene to present - Occurrence - Common

The most common fossil remains of the Pogonias sp. in New Jersey are the individual pharyngeal teeth located in the back of the throat, which allowed
them to pick-up, crush, and sort hard prey such as mollusks and crustaceans. The shape is of these teeth is somewhat irregular, ranging from circular to a rounded square. The teeth are small ( 2 - 5 mm) and similar to the pharyngeal teeth of the Tautoga.  


Pogonias sp. pharyngeal teeth

Plate 1
Pogonias sp. pharyngeal teeth
Monmouth County, NJ


 Plate 2
Pogonias sp. pharyngeal teeth are irregular in shape.
About half the examples I've found are missing the roots.


Pogonias sp. pharyngeal tooth with root intact.


Comparison of Tautoga sp / Pogonias sp. pharyngeal teeth.
Tautoga teeth are more conical with a longer root.


Modern Black Drum
Left - pharyngeal plates
Right - Arrangement of the plates in the back of the throat

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