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Spondylus varius

Sowerby, 1827

Thorny Oyster

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Spondylus varius (Sowerby, 1827)
Synonyms :
Classification : Bivalvia [ Linnaeus, 1758 ] ( Bivalves, Clams )
 
Name : Spondyle
Name : Thorny Oyster
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
Cette espèce est le plus grand spondyle de Polynésie. Ce mollusque est fixé par sa valve droite. Son manteau bigarré, possède de nombreux yeux sur ses bordures. Les valves de l'animal qui dans leur plus grande dimension atteignent 20 cm, constituent un véritable biotope où vivent une communauté d'algues et autres mollusques.
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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

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Les spondyles abondent dans certains lagons d'atolls, de même qu'aux îles gambier.
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Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/pnoel/pages%20Lembeh2/Lembeh82.htm
http://www.diveasia.com/reef-guide/molluscs.htm
http://www.imagequest3d.com/catalogue/macromarine/pages/m025_tif.htm

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Guide sous-marin de Tahiti
R. Bagnis & E. Christian
Les Editions du Pacifique, 1976-2000
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 29/11/2002

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