BRACHIOPODA : ACROTRETIDA : CraniidaeLAMP SHELLS

Neocrania anomala (O F Müller, 1776)


Description: This brachiopod looks like a saddle oyster, attached to the rock with one of its valves. Brachiopods may look like bivalve molluscs, but are actually not related to them at all. Their shells are dorsal and ventral (back and underside) whilst a bivalve's shells are lateral, left and right.

Habitat: In deeper, colder water, becoming more easily found in Scottish sea loughs.

Distribution: In diving depths, shallower than 50m, mostly Scotland, but also quite common in Kenmare River, SW Ireland.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.


 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=X70

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