Sunday, January 18, 2009

Grewingkia canadensis Horn Coral

Here is an Ordovician horn coral found in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky. I sliced off the top part that was covered with debris using a diamond saw. You can see the borings of probably a worm. The image shows the top few that has been polished with wet sand paper and the side view showing multiple boring marks.

See this neat website on bioerosion ( by a worm like creature called Trypanites. Boring marks are seen quite a bit on horn corals but I rarely find them going through to the septa. This one did but I should have preserved the distal end to see if it was more a rounded or flared.

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