The Rose Corbula
 
The Rose Corbula, Caryocorbula dietziana (C.B. Adams, 1852), is a small (about 8 mm, or 0.3-inch) locally found species belonging to a group of bivalves infamous for the difficult and confusing taxonomy, the family Corbulidae, also known as Basket Clams. Its shell has the posterior ridge typical of members of the family. Like in all other species of Corbulidae, the right valve is larger than the left one.

The Rose Corbula may be rose, whitish, or cream-colored, sometimes showing flecks of gray or light-brown. The inner surfaces of the valves may be tinged brown near the margins.

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“Shell of the Week”
 
Dr. José H. Leal serves as the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum’s Science Director and Curator. Dr. Leal received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami and has served at the Museum since 1996. Under his leadership, the Museum was awarded its first accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2010. Most, but not all, species covered within the Shell of the Week blog are local to Southwest Florida.

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