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.

Rotate view | Dive to a different part of the reef

Coral Reef
area 1
crinoid
Reef dwellerCrinoids such as this Gissocrinus extend their delicate ‘arms’ into the water to feed.
area 2
corals and trilobite
Reef builder Heliolites, a colonial tabulate coral and other solitary and colonial corals, with a trilobite (Calymene)
area 3
trilobite
Reef dweller A trilobite, Illaenus, searching for food amongst reef debris.
area 4
gastropod
Reef destroyerA gastropod grazing on fragments of broken crinoids and corals.
area 5
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.
area 6
coral
Reef builderSolitary coral Omphyma
area 7
trilobite
Reef builderA trilobite, Sphaerexochus, crawls over reef-building corals and stromatoporoids.

Explore a present-day coral reef

The reef community

What is a reef?

Wenlock creatures

Reconstructing the past

Site Map | About This Site | Contact Us

© 2008 Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences | Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge