Digitate Thorny Oyster: Family Spondylidae

Digitate Thorny Oyster: Family Spondylidae

Spondylus tenuis Schreibers, 1793
Digitate Thorny Oyster


Digitate Thorny Oyster or "Thorny Oyster" is the only genus from Family Spondylidae that is collected in Florida. Their bright orange and deep red colors with unusaly shapes and protrusions make these one of my favorite shells to collect. The are not coomon and rarely found on some S. Hutchinson Island beaches while on othe beaches you can average one or tw oa collecting trip. The average beachcomer may pass them up or isn't looking for them.