Southwest Florida Shells

José H. Leal

Spisula raveneli

(Conrad, 1832)

Family Mactridae

Southern Surf Clam

Shell size to 130 mm; shell triangular-ovate, with large, central umbones. Chondrophore spoon-shaped, well developed in adults, reduced in juvenile stages. Sculpture absent, except for fine growth lines. Periostracum olive-brown. Color dirty-white to cream-tan. Live in sand. (Additional photo represents a juvenile specimen from Bunche Beach in Lee County.)

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