General Description

Shells of this species are solid, ovate and somewhat inflated. Exterior: cream with brown markings; these may be zigzag lines or blotches. Interior: white, often with splashes of purple. Exterior sculpture of strong even concentric ridges. Shell up to 4 cm across.


Stepped Venerids are one of three related species with similar shells. All three species have been commercially harvested since the early 1960s, initially for bait, then in the 1980s they began being sold and sold as clams in fish markets. They are suspension feeders.


Southern Australia.


Intertidal sand flats or in estuaries.

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