Malacology is the study of mollusks. This includes animals like octopus, snails, slugs, and clams. It is the second largest phylum of animals, making them one of the most successful groups on the planet. There are over 80,000 described species of mollusks with many more left to be discovered. Mullusca is composed of 8 recognized classes including Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Scaphapoda, Monoplacophorans, the Aplacophorans, Caudofoveata and Solenogastres, and Bivalvia.
Rough File Clam
The Rough File Clam has an oval shaped shell with about 50 radial ribs. The shell is white with a thin brown periostricum. It can be differentiated from the similar C. mitis by the number of radial ribs. The latter having closer to 90 radial ribs.
North Carolina to Brazil
0 to 141 meters
MolluscaBase eds. (2021). MolluscaBase. Ctenoides scaber (Born, 1778). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=420747 on 2021-07-20