Lima (genus)

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Temporal range: Jurassic–Recent
Lima lima.jpg
Spiny fileclam, Lima lima
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Limoida
Family: Limidae
Genus: Lima
Bruguière, 1789

Lima is a genus of file shells or file clams, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Limidae, the file shells, within the subclass Pteriomorphia.[1]

The shells are obliquely trigonal, and strongly radially ribbed, the ribs scabrous to spinose.

The soft parts are bright red and many tentacles protrude from the open valves.



  1. ^ Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 32.