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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Lightning Pitar

Reaching only about 48 mm (1.89 inches), Pitar fulminatus has an inflated shell, with a sculpture of crowded growth lines. Its color is white or chalky-white with yellowish-brown zigzag or lightning-like markings.  The Lightning Pitar is a member of the highly diverse family Veneridae, the venus clams. The species is found from North Carolina to both coasts of Florida, and Bermuda.


Pitar fulminatus, from Sanibel, Florida. Illustration by James F. Kelly.

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