Warty Venus

Venus verrucosa

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About

The Warty Venus is a medium-sized clam-like shell, rounded and domed, and covered with bumpy, rough concentric ridges, living up to its common name. The Warty Venus lives on sand and gravel seabeds. Reproduction takes place at the beginning of summer (May to June).

How to identify

This is just one of many clam-like species which can be very hard to tell apart. It is a pale, creamy-orange colour.

Where to find it

Found on sandy and gravelly seabeds around the south and west coasts.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Molluscs provide a vital link in the food chain for many of our rarer species. Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

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Species information

Common name
Warty Venus
Latin name
Venus verrucosa
Category
Bivalves
Statistics
Length: up to 7cm
Conservation status
Common.