Brachiopod shell

Teeth-like shells 

This is one of the largest and most distinctive brachiopods from the Jurassic Coast. Look closely and you’ll see an asymmetrical step where the two teeth-like shells link together. They were once a common find on the beach near Ringstead, but a coast defence scheme from the late 1990s now means that the beach is usually covered with shingle to slow erosion of the cliffs behind.

Find out more on the brachiopods pages.

Common name

Brachiopod shell

Scientific name

Torquirynchia inconstans

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

155 million years

Where found

Ringstead Bay

Found by

Kevin Scheehan

Museum

Allhallows Museum, Honiton

Accession number

HONAM.2013.32.09