Radiolitidae Gray, 1848
Common Name: Rudist Bivalves
Key morphological features: Half the shell has a cone shape (right valve), while the other half acts as a lid for the top (left valve). This family of rudists have a larger diversity of shapes including box, tube, and ring shapes. They became so abundant during the Cretaceous, they built reef-like structures. Rudists became extinct at the end-Cretaceous K-T mass extinction.
FEEDING MODE: Suspension Feeder
Cox, L. R. et al. 1969. Bivalvia, in R. C. Moore ed., Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part N, Mollusca 6, Volume 2. The University of Kansas and Geological Society of America. 1224 pp.