False Angel Wings

The False Angel Wing (Petricolaria pholadiformis) Lamarck, 1818
Family Veneridae


There are three types of Angel Wings, the true Angel Wings (Cyrtopleura costata, slightly larger and thinner) are part of another family, Pholadidae. The False Angel Wing types are found regularly on the S. Hutvhinson Island beaches.

Falso Angel Wings

A member of the Venus Clam family Veneridae, the False Angel Wing, Petricolaria pholadiformis (Lamarck, 1818), is so named because of its superficial similarity with the famous Angel Wing, and the fact that both burrow in compact mud or peat. However, the two species belong in separate families, with the False Angel Wing sharing its genetic and anatomical features with Venus clams. Among other differences between the “true” and the False Angel Wing are the size, much smaller (to two inches) in the False Angel Wing, and the presence of hinge teeth in this latter species.

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