Fossils index

Gastropods

Gastropods are animals that live on land or water. Their name is derived from gaster + poda (Greek) meaning stomach foot. If you watch a snail moving along on its single foot, you can understand the name.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Gastropods are molluscs, like bivalves and cephalopods (ammonites, belemnites and nautiloids).

Snail Gastropods include sea shellfish such as whelks, and land creatures such as snails. On the left is a snail, looking for my lettuces. Gastropods have a single shell, unlike bivalves.

The state fossil of Maryland is Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae , a gastropod.

Gastropod
Size: 12mm

Timescale: Gastropods have been around for a long time, over 480 million years ago. There are still gastropods alive today.


This gastropod is called Bathrotomaria reticulata. Size: 34mm
Gastropod


This gastropod is called Neptuna contraria because the spiral goes anti-clockwise - the opposite way to most gastropods. It is from the Pliocene period (Cenozoic), about 3 million years old. It comes from Essex, Red Crag. Size: 50mm
Gastropod

This gastropod is from the Jurassic period, about 170 million years old. It comes from the Cotswalds, UK. Size: 17mm Gastropod

These gastropods were collected on Portland Bill, Dorset, from the limestone. Sizes: 25mm & 30mm
Gastropod


This tiny gastropod is called Turritella. Sizes: 12mm
Turritella Turritella

This is Turritella Agate which is full of Turritella fossils. Here are four views of the same piece. Size of stone: 32mm

Turritella Turritella
Turritella Turritella

These Turritella shells were collected at Bracklesham Bay, near Chichester. They litter the beach!The biggest shell is 35mm
Gastropod