Brachiopod shell

Groovy brachiopod

This brachiopod is quite unusual, having two ridges in its pedicle shell (uppermost here) that are separated by a groove. It also has a large pedicle opening, seen at the top of the shell on the right. A fleshy stalk extended through this opening to anchor the shell the seabed. In life, the two shells opened slightly and water was drawn inside the shell and filtered for food.

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Common name

Brachiopod shell

Scientific name

Dictyothyris coarctata




Forest Marble, Boueti Beds

Time period

Middle Jurassic


166 million years

Where found

Herbury, near Langton Herring

Found by

Found by Paul C Ensom


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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