Crustacean Crapola

Fossil Type: 
Rappahannock River , Middlesex County , VA
United States
Virginia US

This little cluster of coprolites was found on a beach near the mouth of Middlesex County beach on the Rappahannock River. Crustaceans such as ghost shrimp and crayfish produce fascinating rod-shaped fecal pellets containing little canals. The canals can have all different shapes. These have crescent-shaped canals.

The pellets likely accumulated in an empty burrow, shell or other crevice near the home of crustacean that created them.