Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Modern Brachiopod

This specimen came from the Dr. James Conkin collection. It had no label and I suppose was used for teaching purposes to show what a non-extinct species of brachiopod looked like. It definitely looks like a lamp shell. At first I thought it might be easy to figure out its name but now I am not sure. It might be a species of Laqueus. I know some are found off the coast of California. My next idea was to look at images I took at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. They had a picture of a lamp shell called Liothyrella notoreadensis that look similar to this one. They had several containers on display with no names so these creatures are a lot more diverse than I realized.

So I am not sure where it is from or its exact name.