Six 3D models of representative Brachiopoda.

Virtual Collection: Phylum Brachiopoda

This virtual collection was last curated by Jonathan Hendricks on April 26, 2019.  Creative Commons License Each model is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Unless otherwise indicated, each model was created by Emily Hauf using specimens at the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.

Major morphological features of brachiopod shells (annotated model)



Modern specimen of the brachiopod Laqueus sp. from Japan. Specimen is from the teaching collection of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension of specimen is approximately 4 cm.


Fossil specimen of the brachiopod Athyris subtilita with its lophophore feeding organ (PRI 76883). Specimen from the Paleontological Research Collection, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension is approximately 2 cm. Model by Jaleigh Pier.


Rock slab of fossil brachiopods from the Upper Ordovician Waynesville Formation of Warren County, Ohio (PRI 76881). Specimen from the Paleontological Research Collection, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension is approximately 28 cm. Model by Jaleigh Pier.

Major groups and diversity of brachiopods