Tagelus californianus

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Tagelus californianus
Solecurtidae - Tagelus californianus.JPG
A view of valves of Tagelus californianus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Cardiida
Family: Solecurtidae
Genus: Tagelus
T. californianus
Binomial name
Tagelus californianus
(Conrad, 1837)
  • Solecurtus californianus Conrad, 1837
  • Solecurtus violascens Carpenter, 1857
  • Tagelus violascens (Carpenter, 1857)

Tagelus californianus, common name California tagelus, is a species of saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks belonging to the family Solecurtidae.[1]


This species can be found in the Eastern Pacific from Gulf of California to Oregon.[2][3]


Shells of Tagelus californianus can reach a length of 130 millimetres (5.1 in) and a heigh of about 33 millimetres (1.3 in).[4] These shells are yellowish-white, with rust-colored stains and a dark periostracum. The posterior margin is slightly sinuous.[5]


  1. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page: Tagelus californianus". itis.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  2. ^ Shifts in fish and invertebrates in California estuaries Southern California Academy of Sciences. v.100 (2001)
  3. ^ "Tagelus californianus, California tagelus | Sea Life Base". sealifebase.fisheries.ubc.ca. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  4. ^ "California Tagelus - Tagelus californianus - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life". eol.org. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  5. ^ Angeline Myra Keen Sea Shells of Tropical West America: Marine Mollusks from Baja California to Peru
  • Coan, E. V.; Valentich-Scott, P. (2012). Bivalve seashells of tropical West America. Marine bivalve mollusks from Baja California to northern Peru. 2 vols, 1258 pp