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Soletellina_nitida

Soletellina nitida

Soletellina nitida, or the shining sunset shell, is a bivalve mollusc of the family Psammobiidae.

Distribution

The shining sunset shell is endemic to New Zealand including the Chatham Islands

Habitat

The shining sunset shell is found buried in sand from low tide to depths of up to 5 m, on open beaches.

description

The shell is fragile, elongated, of oval shape with the hinge one third of the way along the dorsal margin. The olive periostracum is frequently worn off revealing a chalky white shell beneath. The interior is purple.

Height is up to 23 mm, length up to 46 mm, and thickness up to 7 mm.

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