Tellina (Pharaonella) iridescens   (Benson)  (Clam)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Bivalvia

Size: Length 6.75-15.40 mm; height 4.45-9.65 mm; thickness 2.00-5.70 mm

Shell ovately oblong; umbonal region pink in color; surface shining.

Synonym (s)
Sanguinolaria iridescens Benson 1842
Tellina chilkaensis Preston 1915
Tellina chilkaensis Annandale and Kemp 1916
Tellina (Pharaonella) iridescens Dey 1981

Common Name (s)
• Nail Polish Shells (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Channel off Barhampur INDIA (Record: 1913, 1991)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1913)
• Orissa, Puri INDIA (Record: 1991)
• West Bengal, Mooriganga Estuary INDIA (Record: 1991)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Andhra Pradesh, Bimlipatam INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Gujarat, Mandvi INDIA (Record: 1991)
• Gujarat, Koteshwar INDIA (Record: 1991)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Manna, RN (1995) Mollusca Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka lake ZSI, Calcutta 391-468 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, NVS; Rao, KVS and Maitra, S (1991) Marine molluscs State fauna series 1: Fauna of Orissa Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta Part 3 1-175 Available at - NIO, Goa

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