Bivalve shell

This is a very common cockle-like bivalve shell with strong ribbing. As the name suggests, bivalves consist of two shells. ‘Bi’ means two and ‘valve’ means shell. The shells are held together by a strong muscle, and hinged at the pointed end. 

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Neithea gibbosa

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

100 million years

Where found

Pinhay Bay

Found by

Richard Edmonds

Museum

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton

Accession number

BULFM-2013-108