Florida Jewelbox

Florida Jewelbox
Pseudochama cristella (Lamarck, 1819)

The Florida Jewelbox also called the "Left-handed Jewelbox" (Wiki, see below) is a fairly common jewelbox on S. Hutchinson Island beaches. According to Harry Lee: "Pseudochama cristella always grows clockwise" which is how it may be identified. It's similar in color to the Cherry Jewelbox (see that listing, which follows in the Chamidae family).

Two Florida Jewelboxes (S. Hutchinson Island- January, 2021)


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Pseudochama cristella
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Mollusca
Class:     Bivalvia
Subclass:     Heterodonta
Order:     Venerida
Superfamily:     Chamoidea
Family:     Chamidae
Genus:     Pseudochama
Species:     P. cristella
Binomial name
Pseudochama cristella
(Lamarck, 1819)

Pseudochama cristella, or the left-handed jewel box clam, is a species of bivalve mollusc in the family Chamidae. It can be found along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to the West Indies.[1][2]

1. Abbott, R.T. & Morris, P.A. A Field Guide to Shells: Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and the West Indies. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 54.
2. P. cristella at WoRMS


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