Bivalve shell

Additional images

Butting the bi in the valve…….

Compared to the other examples of Neithea, this looks to be something completely different, a Pectin perhaps but Neithea has two very different shells or valves, a large, strongly convex shell (see below) and a smaller, flatter shell, making up the ‘bi’ – two ‘valve’ shell, the two shells of a bivalve.

Find out more about these fascinating creatures on the bivalves page (hyperlink).

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Neithea gibbosa

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

105 million years

Where found

Shaftesbury

Found by

Unknown.

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.08449