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and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

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Megathiris detruncata (Gmelin, 1791) - A megathyridid brachiopod (Brachiopoda images)
Megathyridid brachiopod
Megathiris detruncata
- shell exterior 1

Megathyridid brachiopod
Megathiris detruncata
- shell exterior 2

Megathyridid brachiopod
Megathiris detruncata
- shell interior 1

Shell size: Up to approx. 5 mm in length.
Depth range: 37-896 m.
Distribution: Western Approaches and Guernsey. Elsewhere, the Mediterranean.

Ref. and more info. in:
British Brachiopods (Synopses of the British fauna No. 17) by Howard, C.; Brunton, C. and Curry, G.B..

From ERICA (Cornish database): Megathiris detruncata was found at 35 fathoms at Menavawr, north of the Isles of Scilly in 1888.

Photographs of species above are by Jo Ann Sanner, and are part of the Department of Paleobiology Collections at the Smithsonium National Museum of Natural History. Images are Creative Commons CC0 “No Rights Reserved” and are used here to display brachiopods that may be found off the coast of Great Britain and Ireland, and to increase the number of species displays of the phylum on APHOTOMARINE for educational purposes. In time it is hoped more UK material will be obtained and photographed.

Type Citations: Logan, A. & Noble, J. P. 1983. Recent Brachiopods from Malta. The Central Mediterranean Naturalist. 1: 33-42.
Collection Country: Malta
Sea/Gulf: Mediterranean Sea

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The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.