Venerupis is a genus of marine bivalve molluscs in the family Veneridae commonly known as carpet shells. The valves are robust and rhomboidal with the umbones turned-in and nearer the anterior end. The posterior end is wedge-shaped and the internal margins of the valves are smooth. There are 3 or 4 cardinal teeth on each valve. The foot is large and the siphons are of medium length and united except at the very tip.[2]

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Venerupis senegalensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Venerida
Family: Veneridae
Genus: Venerupis
Lamarck, 1818[1]

See text

  • Metis H. Adams & A. Adams, 1857
  • Myrsus H. Adams & A. Adams, 1858
  • Polititapes Chiamenti, 1900
  • Pullastra G.B. Sowerby I, 1826


The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) accepted the following species as valid in 2011:[1]

As of 2016, WoRMS classifies four species in the genus Polititapes: P. aureus, P. durus, P. lucens and P. rhomboides.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Venerupis - Lamarck, 1818 World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  2. ^ Barrett, John; C. M. Yonge (1958). Collins Pocket Guide to the Sea Shore. London: Collins. p. 158.
  3. ^ Polititapes Chiamenti, 1900, World Register of Marine Species, retrieved 31 August 2016