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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

José H. Leal

Family Mactridae


Anatina anatina

(Spengler, 1802)

Smooth Duck Clam

Shell size to 70 mm; shell oval, fragile, thin. Posterior region with characteristic radial ridge. Posterior end beyond ridge gaping, edges flaring. Surface of valves mostly smooth, with fine growth lines. Color white. Rarely found, lives in sand bars and surf zone. The live clam, photographed by Amy Tripp in Kice Island, Collier County, shows the fused siphons that are typical of the family Mactridae.

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