Where in NZ Sedimentary rocks, sandstones, limestones
When Cambrian (542-490 million years ago) to present
Scale 1-15 cm
Fossil brachiopod

Fossil brachiopod

What are they?

  • Commonly known as lamp-shells
  • Filter-feeding animals with a hinged, double, asymmetrical, calcareous shell
  • They have a specialized feeding tool – their lophophore – to filter water and sift out food

Used for?

See some examples in our image gallery.