Snail shell

This sea snail moved around the seafloor, grazing upon seaweed. Its large size points to an abundance of seaweed, and such snails would have provided food for predators. Some members of this genus reach lengths of over 20cm. Their shell tips (known as apices) are rarely preserved.

Find out more about gastropods on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Snail shell

Scientific name

Bourguetia striata

Type

Molluscs > Gastropods


Strata

Oxford Clay

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

160 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.05581