Chlamys cawcawensis
Phylum Mollusca

Class Bivalvia

 

(Scale bar is 1 cm)


Chlamys cawcawensis is a relatively easy scallop to recognize because of its numerous low, rounded ribs.

It is widely distributed in middle Eocene rocks of the Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plains. In Georgia it is only known from a limestone facies of the Lisbon Formation near the Flint River in the vicinity of Sumter and Dooly Counties.

The species is a good guide fossil for middle Eocene strata. It is not particularly useful as an ecological indicator, being found in a variety of sediment types from different marine environments.

AGE: MIDDLE EOCENE

FORMATION: LISBON FORMATION

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