|Angel Wing Shell|
Species: C. costata
Scientific name: Cyrtopleura costata
The Angel Wing shell derives its common name from the wing like appearance of the shell. It is found in shallow parts of the north west Atlantic living in the seabed where it burrows through sand and mud to a depth of up to 3 feet. It has a pair of brittle, asymmetric white valves and can grow to about 7 inches in length. The whole valve has finely sculptured radial ribs which intercept with a series of concentric growth rings parallel with the margin.
Cyrtopleura costata is found in shallow seas in the north west Atlantic Ocean between Cape Cod and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also found in the West Indies, Central America and as far south as Brazil. It is commonest in the intertidal zone.
In the Matthew McConaughey film "Sahara" Matthews character (Dirk Pitt) is at a stop on the Niger River. Dirk tells Dr. Rojas of "the angel wing clam" and calls them "Petricola Pholadiformis" and says that "this river is the only place on the earth they are found." Three problems: First, Petricola Pholadiformis are actually called "False angel wing" and are found many places in the world in fresh
|Three views of the Angel Wing Shell|