Dosinia is a genus of saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Veneridae, subfamily Dosiniinae Deshayes, 1853. The shell of Dosinia species is disc-like in shape, usually white, and therefore is reminiscent of the shells of Lucinid bivalves.

Temporal range: Cretaceous – Present
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A whole shell of Dosinia dunkeri from Honduras, on display at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Venerida
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Dosinia
Scopoli, 1777

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The genus is known from the Cretaceous to the Recent periods (age range: 99.7 to 0.0 million years ago). Fossils of species within this genus have been found all over the world.[1]


Dosinia coerulea
Dosinia exasperata
Dosinia lupinus lincta, the smooth artemis
Fossil shell of Dosinia orbicularis from Pliocene of Italy

Extant and extinct species within this genus include:[1][2]


  • ITIS
  • Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  • Glen Pownall, New Zealand Shells and Shellfish, Seven Seas Publishing Pty Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-85467-054-8
  • Abott and Morris, Shells of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies, Peterson Field Guides, ISBN 0-618-16439-1
  • Hayward et al., Sea Shore of Britain and Europe, 1996