The Wenlock Reef

This model of the Wenlock reef shows it as it would have looked when it was alive 420 million years ago.

Use your mouse to have a look around and identify the different creatures living on and around the reef. Click to find out more about each type of creature.

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Coral Reef
area 1
crinoid
Reef dwellerCrinoids such as this Gissocrinus extend their delicate ‘arms’ into the water to feed.
area 2
corals and stromatoporoids
Reef builderCorals and stromatoporoids form a living floor for the trilobite Sphaerexochus to explore.
area 3
orthoceras
Reef dwellerAn orthoceras swims about the crinoid stems hunting for food.
area 4
gastropod
Reef destroyerA gastropod grazing on fragments of broken crinoids and corals.
area 5
trilobite
Reef dwellerA trilobite, Illaenus, searching for food amongst reef debris.
area 6
old, dead skeletons of reef builders
Reef builderA cross section through the reef showing the old, dead skeletons of reef builders forming the reef mound.

Explore a present-day coral reef

The reef community

What is a reef?

Wenlock creatures

Reconstructing the past

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