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An uncommon Cardiidae? Carditidae? - conchylinet - 07-22-2008

Dear All,
I recently found this bivalve beached on the West Coast of Mauritius (SW Indian Ocean) and could not identify it. It is 32mm long.
I started to go for a Plagiocardium, but it does not match P. setosum from this area. Perhaps a Venericardia from the Carditidae family?

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Anybody can help?
Ta.  <span class="petit">--Last edited by conchylinet on 2008-07-22 21:41:53 --</span>

An uncommon Cardiidae? Carditidae? - paul monfils - 07-22-2008

Yes this is a Cardita, not a Cardium. I believe it may be Cardita bicolor  Lamarck, 1819. I have similar Indian Ocean specimens but unfortunately many of my bivalves are still somewhat in disarray from my most recent move, and I can't put my hands on them for comparison at the moment.  <span class="petit">--Last edited by Paul Monfils on 2008-07-22 23:18:26 --</span>

An uncommon Cardiidae? Carditidae? - conchylinet - 07-23-2008

Thank you Paul,
Yes it should be Cardita bicolor. I found similar pictures of this specie on internet.