Spondylus varius

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Spondylus varius
Spondylus varius Thorny Oyster Fiji by Nick Hobgood.jpg
A live individual of Spondylus varius, in situ off Fiji
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Pectinoida
Family: Spondylidae
Genus: Spondylus
Species: S. varius
Binomial name
Spondylus varius
G.B. Sowerby I, 1827
Synonyms
  • Spondylus varians (probably a misspelling)
  • Spondylus delessertii Chenu, 1844
  • Spondylus striatospinosus Chenu, 1844

Spondylus varius, is a species of large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Spondylidae, the thorny oysters. S. varius reaches a maximum size of about 15-20 cm. It lives at a depths of 30 m, and like most bivalves, is a filter-feeder, using plankton as a food source. This species can be found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and off Australia, China, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan.

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  • Huber M. (2010) Compendium of bivalves. A full-color guide to 3,300 of the world’s marine bivalves. A status on Bivalvia after 250 years of research. Hackenheim: ConchBooks. 901 pp., 1 CD-ROM
  • Michel, C. (1988). Marine molluscs of Mauritius. Editions de l'Ocean Indien. Stanley, Rose Hill. Mauritius