Brachiopod shell

These brachiopods, called Calcirhynchia, are often found clustered together in ‘nests’. It’s quite common to find groups of shells like this. Modern mussel shells, which are not related to brachiopods, are often found in colonies attached to harbour walls, piers and larger rocks on the foreshore. As brachiopods also require a hard surface to attach to, it’s not surprising that they are found in clusters. They may have even been attaching to each other.

Find out more on the brachiopods page.

Common name

Brachiopod shell

Scientific name

Calcirhynchia calcaria

Type

Brachiopods


Strata

Blue Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

200 myo

Where found

Lyme Regis area

Found by

V.H. W. Wingrave

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.1973.214