Yellow Prickly Cockle

Yellow Prickly Cockle
Dallocardia muricata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family Cardiidae

The Yellow Prickly Cockle is abundant on the beaches of South Hutchinson Island. The beak is frequently tinged with pink or light red. Shell size to about 3"; similar to Trachycardium egmontianum but with more oval outline. Sculpture of 20-40 radial ribs bearing sharp scales. Scales less prominent on central ribs. Albino shells not uncommon.

An arrangement of Prickly Yellow Cockles from S. Hutchinson Island- January, 2021

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