Family Labridae
 Tautoga sp. (Mitchill, 1814)

Age - Paleocene to present - Occurrence - Common

The most common fossil remains of the Tautoga sp. in New Jersey are the individual pharyngeal teeth located in the back of ther throat, which allowed
them to pick-up, crush, and sort hard prey such as mollusks and crustaceans. These isolated teeth are conical in shape and range in size from 2 - 5 mm and similar to the pharyngeal teeth of Pogonias.


Drum Fish, Tautoga

Plate 1
Tautoga sp. pharyngeal teeth
Monmouth County, NJ


 Modern blackfish pharyngeal plates with teeth


Plate 2.


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


Blackfish showing the position of the lower
 pharyngeal plates

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