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Southwest Florida Shells

José H. Leal

Brachidontes exustus

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Family Mytilidae

Scorched Mussel

Shell size to 25 mm; shell mussel-shaped, trigonal, elongate. Sculpture of hundred or more fine ribs which form minute denticles on inner edge of valves. Color yellowish-brown to dark-brown, inner surface metallic-purple mottled with white.

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