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Anomia simplex
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Anomia simplex
Taxonomic Group: Mollusks-Bivalves


Anomia simplex, known as the Common Jingle Shell, is a marine bivalve with a thin, translucent shell. It is native to the Northwest Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brazil. Three dead shells were dredged from Atlantic oyster beds in South San Francisco Bay, California in 1912, but no live specimens were found. It attaches to hard substrates, such as rocks, shells, wood and man-made structures and can be found in shallow coastal waters in upper mesohaline to euhaline salinities. There are no impacts reported for this species. 

*Beyond its native range, this species is not currently established in North American waters.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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