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Atlantic thorny-oyster
Spondylus americanus
Hermann, 1781

Description:
This bivalve shell is attached to the substrate with one shell. The shells are roundish with numerous spines in rows. The spines can be up to 4 cm. long. The color is variable, from white via yellow and orange to purple.
Size: up to 10 cm.

Habitat:
The shell lives on reefs, usually under overhangs or in recesses. Well camouflaged by its color.
Depth: ranges from 12 m down to 40 m.

Distribution:
Common all over the Caribbean.

Remarks:
In most countries it is illegal to bring back these shells from holidays.

Atlantic thorny-oyster (Spondylus americanus)