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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Pholadidae

Martesia striata

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Striate Piddock

Shell size to 65 mm; shell shape variable, usually pear-shaped, thin. Sculpture of fine concentric, denticulate ridges anterior to oblique groove; ridges smooth posterior to groove. Very destructive wood borer. Anterior accessory plate (mesoplax) nearly as wide as narrow, circular or squarish with rounded edges, with sculpture of fine wrinkles. Juveniles circular in outline.