Bivalve oyster shell

The zig-zag shaped edge where this oyster’s two shells meet often causes them to be mistaken for interlocking rows of teeth. These deep ridges, and the shell thickness, make the shells robust against waves and currents.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve oyster shell

Scientific name

Lopha marshii

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Fullers Earth Formation

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

165 million years

Where found

North Poorton

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.01907