Bivalve shell

There are several small and similar forms of scallop-like shells in the Jurassic rocks. In common with other molluscs, bivalves have a mantle which surrounds the soft parts and secretes the protective shell. They also have a muscular foot which anchors them to the sea bed or other surfaces.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Chlamys splendens

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Corallian Group, Ringstead Coral Bed

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Ringstead Bay

Found by

Acquired by Dorset County Museum from W J Arkell

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.04811