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Southwest Florida Shells

José H. Leal

Pteria colymbus

(Röding, 1798)

Family Pteriidae

Atlantic Wing Oyster

Shell size to 75 mm; shell flattened, ovate, inequivalve (one valve flatter). Hinge with large posterior, wing-like projection. Shell surface smooth. Byssal gap near anterior wing. Color dark-brown to brownish-black with radial lines of lighter color. Inner surface nacreous. Usually lives usually attached to sea-whips.

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