Spondylus gaederopus

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Spondylus gaederopus
Temporal range: 15.97–Present Ma
Spondylidae - Spondylus gaederopus.JPG
A shell of Spondylus gaederopus from Sicily, on display at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Order: Pectinida
Family: Spondylidae
Genus: Spondylus
S. gaederopus
Binomial name
Spondylus gaederopus
Linnaeus, 1758

Spondylus gaederopus is a species of marine bivalve mollusc, a thorny oyster in the family Spondylidae. This species is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.


Spondylus gaederopus attaches itself to the substrate with its lower valve, which is usually white, while the upper valve is usually purple. Specimens that are all white, or all purple do, however, exist.


The mollusc is edible, and is consumed in Sardinia.

External links[edit]

  • Sea Life Base Pictures of the live animal, and of the cleaned shell