In 2012, when the individual was 8.5 m in total length (TL), the claspers
began to elongate, and the distal ends of the claspers
changed into cauliflower-shaped forms.
Hypandrium and proximal halves of claspers
, whose great great grandfather Richard was Harry's brother and the coxswain in the championship-winning boat, wrote a book called Rowing: A Way of Life, which told of the Claspers
of Tyneside and was published in 2003 by Gateshead Council.
Old Uncle Ned was roped in and in the summer of 1845 the Claspers
headed back to the Thames with yet another new boat, the Lord Ravensworth.
long, subelliptic, with inner border strongly sclerotized, with setae as illustrated (Fig.
Males can be distinguished by the pair of claspers
at end of abdomen, used to hold the female during copulation.
of two mature male paratypes covered with dermal denticles on ventral side except for tips, exposing naked spur for length of 4.6 mm (Fig.
"Our finds show that these extinct armored fishes, the placoderms, had intimate copulation with males inserting claspers
(a structure that is part of the pelvic fin) inside the female to deposit sperm," Long said.
Now the family face forking out thousands to get it finished and a row has broken out between the Claspers
and builder Frank Cooper who started work on the extension.
He compares the Claspers
' achievements with two other rowing families, the Matfins and the Taylors.
Long said that the claspers
were used by the ancient fish, an extinct class of armoured fish called placoderms, to grip inside the female while they were mating.
of Tyneside, telling of these forgotten sporting heroes.