Southwest Florida Shells

José H. Leal

Polymesoda floridana

(Conrad, 1846)

Family Cyrenidae

Southern Marsh Clam

Shell size to 25 mm; shell trigonal, with rounded ventral and pointed posterior margins. Sculpture restricted to irregular growth lines. Color whitish with purple or pinkish-purple tints. Internally mostly white, but sometimes purple or white with purple margin. This is an estuaribe species that sometimes washes onto the passes around the barrier islands of Southwest Florida. Polymesoda maritima (d’Orbigny, 1853) is a synonym. Photos by Patricia A. Starkey.

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