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Southwest Florida Shells

José H. Leal

Dendostrea frons

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Family Ostreidae

Frond Oyster

Shell size to 45 mm; shell outline variable: usually elongate when attached to sea whips; rounded when living on rocks or other hard substrates. Sometimes with central ridge and branching ribs. Claw-like projections of these ribs hold onto stems of sea whips. Inner margins with tiny, pimple-like denticles. Color reddish- to dark-brown.

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