What an amazing and very rare bowfin fish specimen! This Calamopleurus
specimen was found in a concretion consisting of three parts that
were carefully reassembled. Overall the preservation is excellent.
The head is neatly complete with the jaw retaining many large teeth.
The pelvic and anal fins are partially intact. Dorsal fin missing.
The caudal fin is excellent. Large and thick rectangular scales
are present the entire length of the body. There is no carving or
restoration on any parts of this Calamopleurus. A fossil fish of
this size, rarity and preservation would certainly grace any collection,
be it public or private!
were middle to large freshwater fishes of elongate shape. Head elongate,
snout somewhat rounded, eyes small with long pointed teeth. Dorsal
fin triangular, caudal fin rounded. Large and thick triangular scales.
Genus extinct. Closely related to the recent bowfin, Amia calva.
(See page 433 of Frickhinger’s book FOSSIL FISH ATLAS for
more detailed information.)
are an order (Amiiformes) of primitive ray-finned fish. Only one
species, the bowfin Amia calva, family Amiidae, exists today, although
additional species in six families are known from Jurassic, Cretaceous,
and Eocene fossils. These included the huge Leedsichthys, probably
the biggest fish that ever existed. The bowfin and the gar are two
of the freshwater fishes still extant that existed, almost unchanged
from their current form, while the great dinosaurs roamed the earth.
a few years ago banned the export of fossils from the Santana Formation.
This fish was purchased from the estate liquidation of a deceased
fossil dealer and is perfectly legal. This is a unique opportunity
to obtain a premium grade fossil fish from a site now closed to