Bivalve shell

There are several small and similar forms of scallop-like shells in the Jurassic rocks. In common with other molluscs, bivalves have a mantle which surrounds the soft parts and secretes the protective shell. They also have a muscular foot which anchors them to the sea bed or other surfaces.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve shell

Scientific name

Chlamys splendens


Molluscs > Bivalves


Corallian Group, Ringstead Coral Bed

Time period

Upper Jurassic


160 million years

Where found

Ringstead Bay

Found by

Acquired by Dorset County Museum from W J Arkell


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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