51 x 23 cm. Antique dome, with black sea whip, black crinoid, Terebratalia transversa and Chlamys glaber. (Philippines, Japan, USA and Greece).Pick up or personal delivery only.
Brachiopods are often called ‘lamp shells’ because the shell shape of the majority of brachiopods resembles an antique oil lamp. About 350 species are currently recognized, all inhabiting the temperate and colder waters of our oceans. They prefer sheltered areas such as rocky crevices, outcrops or caves and the deep sea slopes and benthos. They were once abundant in the tropical seas but were evolutionary driven out of that niche by bivalves, with which they share a common ancestry. Currently about 13,000 fossil species are recognized.
The shells are often white and fragile, but Terebratulina transversa is one of the few species which displays a rich reddish color with intricate wavy pattern on the growth lines. They were dived during the around 1985 off La Jolla Cave, California, USA, also home of a famous shells hop and museum back then. Here they are mounted together with Chlamys glaber fished off Thessaloniki, Greece, rarely found in this color, quality and size.