Brachiopod shell and bryozoan

Shell with a hitch-hiker

This brachiopod, called Rhynchonella boueti, exists in huge numbers in the rock layer in which it’s found, the Boueti Bed. This specimen has a bryozoan growing on it – a tiny animal that grows on the surfaces of rocks, plants or animal shells. Bryozoans are filter feeder that sieve particles of food out of the water. 

Find out more on the brachiopods page.

Common name

Brachiopod shell and bryozoan

Scientific name

Rhynchonella boueti

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Forest Marble

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

165 million years

Where found

Herbury, near Langton Herring

Found by

Adrian Brokenshire

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.12116