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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Veneridae

Pitar simpsoni

(Dall, 1895)

Chalky Pitar

Shell size to 20 mm; shell inflated, ovate. Sculpture of crowded growth lines. Umbones prominent, large. Lunule large, polished. Color white, sometimes with light-brown markings. Differs from Pitar fulminatus by smaller size, relatively higher shell, stronger hinge, and more subdued color pattern.