ANOMIIDAE (Jingle Shells)


Patro australis

These bivalves attach themselves to hard objects, usually rocks, sometimes other shells, by means of threads (byssus) that extend from a hole in the lower valve. The upper valve is concave, while the lower is flatter. The shell is translucent and pearly, silver white to bronze.

Patro australis is Listed in the subfamily PLACUNANOMIINAE. Elsewhere, the family is represented by Anomia and other genera, e.g. Anomia trigonopsis (Orange Jingle Shell). Anomia genera are in the subfamily Anomiinae.

Jingle shells are sometimes carved into decorative jewellery and other decorative objects.

Photo: Robert Whyte