VENERIDAE Venus Clams

Seashells

Callista disrupta

VENERIDAE are porcelain-like shells with a complex tooth structure in the hinge. Some exhibit strong colors and patterns, while others are less colorful, but have prominent, fluted lamellae or ribs.

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Callista disrupta

Callista disrupta is a shell in the Veneridae, others include C. Planatella (Planatella Venus) and C. diemenensis (Tasmanian Venus).

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Bassina jacksoni

Bassina is a genus of bivalve molluscs in the family Veneridae. Shells are rather large, ovate, of only moderate convexity, scuptured with concentic lamellae, which vary from simple and low, to long and frilled. A feature of the hinge is the unequally divided left median cardinal. Species are found in southern and eastern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Photo: Robert Whyte