Diplurus newarki (Bryant, 1934)
North Bergen, New Jersey
Age - Late
Occurrence - Location Specific
Iíve only collected a few
times in northern NJ and what success Iíve had can be attributed to the
advice of the friends Iíve collected with or just luck. With this in
mind Iíll keep be keeping the verbiage to a minimum and concentrate on
.some of my finds.
Sometimes called the ďLiving than FossilĒ coelacanths are best
known for their
fleshy "lobed" or limb-like fins that are internally
supported by bone. These fish were thought to be extinct
until a living coelacanth was discovered off the coast of Southeast
Diplurus newarki is
a fresh water coelacanth and small individuals may be found in high
concentrations in certain layers of the Lockatong Formation but the
preservation can be poor. Finding a complete fish in good condition can
be a challenge.
Diplurus newarki 9 cm
Excellent preservation on this specimen. This piece of shale was
encrusted in mud and sat for over a week until I got
around to washing the mud off.
Click on the individual sections for a close up.
Before and after prepping images.
Isolated fins, skulls and bone are common. Most of the fish are partials
or just faint impressions.
This fish is almost complete with the skull on the left partially
covered and the tail plainly visible.
. This example is an impression.
Isolated skulls are common, a few scales are visible directly behind the
skull (black arrow)
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