Venus imbricata   Sowerby  (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

Color: Shell whitish or pale purplish brown, with a well marked deep purplish ray extending from the umbo along the posterior margin; interior white.

Shell small, triangularly ovate, with the posterior margin somewhat produced; umbo fairly developed and distinctly inclined forwards; lunule and area behind umbo slightly depressed and not well defined. Sculpture strong and well marked with strong and well developed radial ridges which are decussated by weaker concentric ridges; sculpture reticulated; radial ridges predominant throughout; the concentric ridges are thin and lamina like that appear crested when closely examined. The interior of the shell smooth and polished, margin finely toothed in correspondence with external radial ridges.

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• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Shanmugam, A; Rajagopal, S and Nazeer, RA Common bivalves of Parangipettai coast Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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