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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Tellinidae

Leporimetis ephippium

(Spengler, 1798)

Atlantic Fat Tellin

Shell size to 75 mm; shell oval, thin, “bent”. Right valve slightly concave, with strong ridge on posterior end; this corresponds to a groove on left valve. Color white. Living individuals lay flat on right valve. Rarely found locally, and uncommon along its entire distribution range.