Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sphenorhynchia (?) brachiopod from France

I won an auction on E-bay which included this brachiopod with no locality info except "France". It's a big fossil that has some damage to it but the preservation style reminds me of the fossils from near Caen, France. I queried some collectors on Facebook and one came back with a tentative ID of Sphenorhynchia sp.

Pedicle valve
Brachial valve
Left profile
Right profile

I did an image search on Google and found this page with a specimen called Sphenorhynchia plicatella that seems to match what I have.

Another specimen is pictured on this site.

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