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Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Shells

Bivalves II

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.

Dinocardium robustum
Dinocardium robustum
44. Dinocardium robustum (Lightfoot, 1786) Atlantic Giant Cockle
 
Laevicardium serratum
45. Laevicardium oviputamen (Reeve, 1844) Hairy Eggcockle
 
Trachycardium egmontianum
46. Trachycardium egmontianum (Shuttleworth, 1856) Florida Pricklycockle
 
47. Trachycardium muricatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Yellow Pricklycockle
 

 

Anatina anatina

Anatina anatina
48. Anatina anatina (Spengler, 1802) Smooth Duckclam
 
Mulinia lateralis
49. Mulinia lateralis (Say, 1822) Dwarf Surfclam
 
   
Raeta plicatella
Raeta plicatella
50. Raeta plicatella (Lamarck, 1818) Channeled Duckclam
 
Spisula raveneli
51. Spisula raveneli (Conrad, 1831) Southern Surfclam
 
Solen viridis
52. Solen viridis Say, 1822 Green Jackknife
 
Ensis megistus
Ensis megistus
Left and right views of same specimen
   
Ensis megistus
53. Ensis megistus Pilsbry and McGinty, 1943 Minor Jackknife
 
54. Angulus sybariticus (Dall, 1881) Sybaritic Tellin
 
Angulus texanus
Angulus texanus
55. Angulus texanus (Dall, 1900) Texas Tellin
 
Angulus versicolor
Angulus versicolor
56. Angulus versicolor (DeKay, 1843) Many-colored Tellin
 
57. Eurytellina alternata (Say, 1822) Alternate Tellin
 
58. Macoma tenta (Say, 1838) Elongate Macoma
 
Merisca aequistriata
Merisca aequistriata
Merisca aequistriata (Say, 1824) Striate Tellin
   
   
   
60. Scissula consobrina (d'Orbigny, 1853) Consobrine Tellin
   
61. Scissula iris (Say, 1822) Rainbow Tellin
 
Strigilla surinamensis
 
Strigilla surinamensis
Strigilla surinamensis
62. Strigilla surinamensis Boss, 1972 Surinam Strigilla (4) The fourth specimen is an adult. Notice that the grooves become more "horizontal" late in life.
 
Donax parvulus
63. Donax parvulus Philippi, 1849 Little Coquina
 
 
Donax variabilis
Donax variabilis
64. Donax variabilis Say, 1822 Variable Coquina
 
Donax spp
Donax spp
Donax variabilis Say, 1822 Variable Coquina -- almost all juvenile
Donax spp Say, 1822 Little Coquina and Variable Coquina
   
Abra aequalis
Abra aequalis
65. Abra aequalis (Say, 1822) Atlantic Abra
 
Abra lioica
66. Abra lioica (Dall, 1881) Smooth Abra
 
67. Cumingia tellinoides (Conrad, 1831) Tellin Semele
 
Ervilia concentrica
68. Ervilia concentrica (Holmes, 1860) Concentric Ervilia
 
69. Semele proficua (Pulteney, 1799) Atlantic Semele
 
Tagelus divisus (Spengler, 1794) Purplish Tagelus
 
Tagelus plebeius
70. Tagelus plebeius (Lightfoot, 1786) Stout Tagelus
 
71. Polymesoda caroliniana (Bosc, 1801) Carolina Marshclam
 
Chione elevata
 
72. Chione elevata (Say, 1822) Cross-barred Venus (4) -- juvenile at top right
 

Dosinia discus
Dosinia discus
73. Dosinia discus (Reeve, 1850) Disk Dosinia
 
Dosinia elegans
Dosinia elegans
Dosinia elegans
Dosinia elegans
74. Dosinia elegans (Conrad, 1844) Elegant Dosinia
 
 
Gemma gemma (Totten, 1834) Amethyst Gemclam
 
Lirophora latilirata
75. Lirophora latilirata (Conrad, 1841) Imperial Venus
 
Macrocallista nimbosa
Macrocallista nimbosa
76. Macrocallista nimbosa (Lightfoot, 1786) Sunray Venus
 
77. Mercenaria campechiensis (Gmelin, 1791) Southern Quahog
 
Mercenaria mercenaria

78. Mercenaria mercenaria (Linnaeus, 1758) Northern Quahog
 

79. Puberella intapurpurea (Conrad, 1849) Lady-in-waiting Venus
 
Timoclea grus
Timoclea grus
 
80. Timoclea grus (Holmes, 1858) Gray Pygmy-venus
 
   
Choristodon robustus (G. B. Sotherby II, 1834) New World Petricolid
   
Petricolaria pholadiformis
Petricolaria pholadiformis
81. Petricolaria pholadiformis (Lamarck, 1818) False Angelwing
 
Paramya subovata
82. Paramya subovata (Conrad, 1845) Subovate Softshell
 
Sphenia dubia
83. Sphenia dubia (H. C. Lea, 1843) Dubious Sphenia
 
 
84. Sphenia fragilis Carpenter, 1857
 
Caryocorbula barrattiana
85. Caryocorbula barrattiana C. B. Adams, 1852 Truncate Corbula
 
Caryocorbula contracta
Caryocorbula contracta
 
Caryocorbula contracta
Caryocorbula contracta
86. Caryocorbula contracta Say, 1822 Contracted Corbula
 
Corbula dietziana
87. Corbula dietziana C. B. Adams, 1852 Rosy Corbula
 
 
88. Rocellaria stimpsoni (Tryon, 1861) Carolina Gastrochaenid
 
89. Barnea truncata (Say, 1822) Atlantic Mud-piddock
Cyrtopleura costata
90. Cyrtopleura costata (Linnaeus, 1758) Angelwing
 
Martesia cuneiformis
Martesia cuneiformis
91. Martesia cuneiformis (Say, 1822) Wedge Piddock
 
Martesia striata (Linnaeus, 1758) Striate Piddock
 
Nototeredo knoxi
92. Nototeredo knoxi Bartsch, 1917 Foliaceous Shipworm
 
   
93. Entodesma brasiliense (Gould, 1850) Pearly Entodesma
   
Lyonsia hyalina hyalina
Lyonsia hyalina hyalina
94. Lyonsia hyalina hyalina (Conrad, 1831) Glassy Lyonsia