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unidentified japanese shells - conchylinet - 12-02-2009

I hope somebody can help me with these miscellanous shells from Japan. They are from around Hiroshima and are rather small (between 20 and 40mm).

I guess they are very common but I have nothing in my library to identify them.


These are from Miyagima is.
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and those from Naoshima is.
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unidentified japanese shells - mikede - 12-03-2009

From the second picture:
A: Protothaca jedoensis (Lischke, 1874)
B: Fulvia sp.
C: Psammobiidae sp.


unidentified japanese shells - conchylinet - 12-08-2009

Thanks Mike, no idea for the 1st picture shells?

unidentified japanese shells - mikede - 12-09-2009

Hello Pierre,

I did some research and this is what came up (besides of just the family identification as for the gastropods):

Picture 1:
4: Coecella chinensis (Deshayes, 1855)
5: Tapes sp., probably Tapes belcheri (Sowerby, 1853)

Picture 2:
B: Fulvia mutica (Reeve, 1844)  <span class="petit">--Last edited by mikede on 2009-12-09 01:04:42 --</span>

unidentified japanese shells - conchylinet - 12-11-2009

Thanks again for your help Mike.

unidentified japanese shells - dave r - 12-11-2009

#1 Batillaria zonalis
#2 Nassarius species
#3 ? juvenile Modiolus species
#4 Mactridae
#5 ? Ruditapes philippinarum. They seem to have got everywhere else, I find them commonly here is Southern England!

unidentified japanese shells - paul monfils - 12-12-2009

3 - Looks like Musculus (Musculista) senhousia

C - Looks like Soletellina atrata

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