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Wales Beach Guide

Saddle Oyster (Anomia ephippium)

Helical Shells
Large Necklace ShellCommon Whelk
Red WhelkCommon Spindle Shell
Common WinkleFlat Periwinkle
Dog WhelkNetted Dog Whelk
Sting WinkleGrey Top Shell
Painted Top ShellPurple Top Shell
Thick Top ShellTower Shell
Needle ShellCommon Wendletrap
Acteon ShellPelican's Foot Shell
Bivalves
CockleDog Cockle
Prickly CockleNorwegian Cockle
Pullet Carpet ShellCross-cut Carpet Shell
Banded Carpet ShellSmooth Clam
Iceland CyprinaCommon Mussel
Otter ShellSand Gaper
Blunt GaperCommon Piddock
American PiddockWhite Piddock
Blunt TellinRayed Artemis
Smooth ArtemisWarty Venus
Peppery Furrow ShellEdible Oyster
Portuguese Oyster
Saddle Oyster
King ScallopQueen Scallop
Variegated ScallopHunchback Scallop
Tiger ScallopStriped Venus
Thick Trough ShellCut Trough Shell
Rayed Trough ShellBanded Wedge Shell
Faroe Sunset ShellThin Tellin
Baltic TellinBean Tellin
Pod RazorRazor
Bean RazorCurved Razor
Everything Else
Bonnet ShellCommon Limpet
Black Footed LimpetChina Limpet
Slipper LimpetCommon Tusk Shell
Cowrie ShellEuropean Cowrie
Saddle Oyster

Compared to other oysters, the shell of the Saddle Oyster is thinner and more brittle. It's roughly circular and up to 1½ inches wide. The upper valve has 3 muscle scars and the lower has a hole by which the animal attaches itself to rocks or other shells. The inside is shiny, sometimes metallic-looking.


Found at : Ynyslas (North Point)