Brachiopods live in exclusively marine environments, filter feeding using a lophophore. Brachiopods are often preserved with the two valves closed... Read more


  • Phylum: Brachiopoda

Diagnostic features

These are the features that will help you to identify fossils as brachiopods, and that you should be attempting to label on a sketch (if they are preserved!).

  • Two valves (brachial and pedicle)
  • Bilateral symmetry
  • Growth lines
  • Ligament scar
  • Commissure
  • Gape
  • Pedicle

Stratigraphic range

Cambrian to present