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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The King Venus

Lirophora paphia is a member of the venus clam family Veneridae that may reach 35 mm (about 1.4 inches) in length. Its shell valves are relatively thick and adorned with 10–15 prominent ridges. The shell color is white, often superimposed with a pattern of zigzag or triangular markings. The species is found from Florida south to Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil.

Lirophora paphia - Illustration by Patricia A. Starkey.


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