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Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Shells

Bivalves I

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2015. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.

Dr. Harry Lee, a nationally known malacologist, deserves much credit for this work. Thanks to him, we know the identity of many of the shells of Sunset Beach, NC. Information on how to find these shells in seaweed and sea drift from the eastern point of Sunset Beach can be found at: http://www.okeefes.org/Barrier_Islands/Sunset_Beach/Shells/Sunset_Beach_Shells.htm

Black lines on ruler visible in some images depict milimeters. Not all species have been photographed.

Nucula proxima
Nucula proxima
 
Nucula proxima
Nucula proxima
 
1. Nucula proxima Say, 1822 Atlantic Nutclam
 
Nuculana acuta
Nuculana acuta
2. Nuculana acuta (Conrad, 1831) Pointed Nutclam
   
   
Solemya velum Say, 1822 Atlantic Awningclam

 

Brachidontes exustus
3. Brachidontes exustus (Linnaeus, 1758) Scorched Mussel
 

Geukensia demissa

4. Geukensia demissa (Dillwyn, 1817) Ribbed Mussel
 
Lioberus castanea
Lioberus castanea
5. Lioberus castanea (Say, 1822) Chestnut Mussel
 
Modiolus squamosus
Modiolus squamosus
6. Modiolus squamosus Beauperthuy, 1967 Southern Horsemussel, juvenile on left
Musculus lateralis
Musculus lateralis
 
Musculus lateralis
Musculus lateralis
7. Musculus lateralis (Say, 1822) Lateral Mussel (2)
 
Mytella charruana
8. Mytella charruana (d'Orbigny, 1846) Charrua Mussel
 
Anadara brasiliana
Anadara brasiliana
9. Anadara brasiliana (Lamarck, 1819) Incongruous Ark
 
10. Anadara floridana (Conrad, 1869) Cut-ribbed Ark
 
Anadara transversa
Anadara transversa
11. Anadara transversa (Say, 1822) Transverse Ark
 
Arca imbricata
Arca imbricata
12. Arca imbricata Bruguière, 1789 Mossy Ark
 
Fugleria tenera (C.B. Adams, 1845) Delicate Ark
   
Lunarca ovalis
Lunarca ovalis
13. Lunarca ovalis (Bruguière, 1789) Blood Ark
 
Arcopsis adamsi
Arcopsis adamsi
14. Arcopsis adamsi (Dall, 1886) Cancellate Ark
 
Noetia ponderosa
Noetia ponderosa
16. Noetia ponderosa (Say, 1822) Ponderous Ark
 
Glycymeris americana
 
17. Glycymeris americana (DeFrance, 1826) Giant Bittersweet (3)
 

 

Pteria colymbus

 

Pteria colymbus

18. Pteria colymbus (Röding, 1798) Atlantic Wing-oyster
 
Pinctada imbricata
Pinctada imbricata
19. Pinctada imbricata Röding, 1798 Atlantic Pearl-oyster, Live Specimen, left;
micropscope photo of different specimen, right
 
 
Atrina rigida
20. Atrina rigida (John Lightfoot, 1786) Stiff Penshell
 
Atrina seminuda (Lamarck, 1819) Half-naked Penshell
   
Atrina serrata
21.. Atrina serrata (G. B. Sowerby I, 1825) Sawtooth Penshell
 
Limaria pellucida
Limaria pellucida
 
Limaria pellucida
22. Limaria pellucida (C. B. Adams, 1846) Antillean Fileclam -- juvenile specimen above, mature specimen below
 
Argopecten gibbus
23. Argopecten gibbus (Limnaeus, 1758) Atlantic Calico Scallop
 
Anomia simplex
   
Anomia simplex
Anomia simplex
Anomia simplex d'Orbigny, 1842 Common Jingle, Above three images are very juvenile.
   
Anomia simplex
Anomia simplex
24. Anomia simplex d'Orbigny, 1842 Common Jingle
 
Crassostrea virginica
Crassostrea virginica
25. Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791) Eastern Oyster
 
Ostreola equestris
Ostreola equestris
26. Ostreola equestris (Say, 1834) Crested Oyster
 
Plicatula gibbosa
Plicatula gibbosa
27. Plicatula gibbosa Lamarck, 1801 Atlantic Kittenpaw
 
 
28. Callucina keenae (Chavan in Moore, 1971)
   
Divalinga quadrisulcata
Divalinga quadrisulcata
29. Divalinga quadrisulcata (d'Orbigny, 1842) Cross-hatched Lucine
 
Parvilucina crenella
Parvilucina crenella
30. Parvilucina crenella (Dall, 1901) Many-line Lucine
 
Diplodonta notata
Diplodonta notata
31. Diplodonta notata Dall and Simpson, 1901 Marked Diplodon
 
32. Diplodonta (Phlyctiderma) semiaspera Phillippi, 1836 Pimpled Diplodon
   
   
Arcinella cornuta Conrad 1866 Florida Spiny Jewel Box
   
   
Chama congregata
Chama congregata
   
Chama congregata
33. Chama congregata Conrad, 1833 Corrugate Jewelbox
 
34. Chama macerophylla (Gmelin, 1791) Leafy Jewelbox
 
Aligena elevata
Aligena elevata
35. Aligena elevata (Stimpson, 1851) Eastern Aligena
 
Lepton lepidum
Lepton lepidum
36. Lepton lepidum (Say, 1826) Graceful Lepton
 
Mysella casta
37. Mysella casta (A. E. Verrill and Bush, 1898) Pure Mysella
 
38. Mysella species B of Lee (2009)
 
39. Mysella species C of Lee (2009)
 
Pythinella cuneata
40. Pythinella cuneata (A. E. Verrill and Bush, 1898) Cuneate Montacutid
 
Pleuromeris tridentata
 
Pleuromeris tridentata
Pleuromeris tridentata
41. Pleuromeris tridentata (Say, 1826) Threetooth Carditid
 
42. Crassinella dupliniana (Dall, 1903) Pointed Crassinella
 
43. Crassinella lunulata (Conrad, 1834) Lunate Crassinella