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Sunray venus clam (Macrocallista nimbosa)
Subject: Sunray venus clam (Macrocallista nimbosa)
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Sunray venus clam (Macrocallista nimbosa)

The sunray venus clam lives close to shore, up to a depth of 25ft. Storms can wash in large numbers of this long-valved, compressed shell.

The lovely shell is fairly thick, smooth and shiny, though there are very fine striations on the surface. The perioscracum is thin. The brown, pinkish-gray, golden-tan or lavender exterior is beautified with bands of darker colours which radiate from the beak (umbo) to the margin (periphery). The shell fades quickly from sun exposure, but a fresh one is a glossy canvas depicting a dramatic sunburst. The interior of Macrocallista nimbosa is white (or salmon-coloured when the specimen is fresh).

The shell may reach a length of 6 inches, and the clam inside can be used to create an excellent clam chowder.

The bivalve may be found on beaches from North Carolina, over to Texas and down to Brazil.

Sunray venus clam
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