Spondylus gaederopus

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Spondylus gaederopus
Temporal range: Mesozoic–Present
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A shell of Spondylus gaederopus from Sicily, on display at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
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Spondylus gaederopus is a spiny oyster. It is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.

Description[edit]

S. 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.

Uses[edit]

The mollusk is edible, and consumed in Sardinia.

External links[edit]

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