Dosinia exoleta

Dosinia exoleta, common name the rayed artemis, is a saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Veneridae, the venus clams.

Dosinia exoleta
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A shell of Dosinia exoleta from Campania, Italy, on display at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Venerida
Superfamily: Veneroidea
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Dosinia
D. exoleta
Binomial name
Dosinia exoleta
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Arctoe fulva Risso, 1826
  • Artemis radiata Reeve, 1850
  • Arthemis complanata Locard, 1892
  • Arthemis pudica Poli, 1795
  • Exoleta radula T. Brown, 1827
  • Pectunculus capillaceus da Costa, 1778
  • Venus exoleta Linnaeus, 1758


The shell of an adult Dosinia exoleta can be as large as 60 millimetres (2.4 in). These shells can be white, yellowish or pale brown, with darker blotches. They are circular in shape, with a concentric sculpture of fine ribs. They have a very good flavour.[citation needed]

Distribution and habitatEdit

This species is present in the Boreal-Atlantic zone and Mediterranean Sea. It lives on the lower shore and muddy flats to depths of about 100 metres (330 ft).


  • Repetto G., Orlando F. & Arduino G. (2005): Conchiglie del Mediterraneo, Amici del Museo "Federico Eusebio", Alba, Italy

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