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Brachiopod, Large Oval

Neothyris lenticularis

Papa Kura Iti (Neothyris lenticularis)

Brachiopod, Lamp-Shell (Neothyris lenticularis)

Invertebrate

Brachiopoda

Articulata

Terebratellidae

Rocky Shore Intertidal
Rocky Shore Intertidal
Rocky Reef Subtidal
Rocky Reef Subtidal

Feeding:
Filter Feeder
Filter Feeder
Distribution:
New Zealand
New Zealand
Edibility:
Unknown Edibility
Unknown Edibility
Size:
Hand Sized
Hand Sized



A large pale red brachiopod. When observed from the rear it has a curved outline (like a parabola). The valves are smooth.


Found on a variety of substrates from solid rock platforms and walls to coarse sandy rubble.


They are filter feeders. They feed and breathe using an unusual ciliated ribbon called the lophopore.


This is the largest brachiopod in New Zealand, which is often found on the oyster beds of Foveaux Strait. They are not related to bivalve molluscs and have been around for millions of years (longer than bivalve molluscs).



Gordon D. P. (ed) (2009) NZ Inventory of Biodiversity; Vol 1 Kingdom Animalia. Canterbury University Press.