Acanthocardia aculeata

Family : Cardiidae

 

Cardium aculeatum, Cardiidae

The Spiny cockle (Acanthocardia aculeata), known also as Cardium aculeatum, is a splendid marine bivalve, somewhat chilly, present in the muddy sublittoral sands of Mediterranean, especially between Sicily and Turkey, goes up the English coasts up to Scotland thanks to the Gulf Stream. The mollusk, with its bright red foot, eats phytoplankton. The 5-11 cm shell, with heart-shaped valves, displays 20-22 radial ribs in relief with sharp spines © Giuseppe Mazza

 

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