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Family: Limidae file shells (See list of species below)

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116 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Acesta bullisi
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Acesta colombiana
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Acesta excavata
[excavated fileclam]
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Acesta maui
[giant file shell]
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Acesta patagonica
[deep-water coral clam]
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Acesta philippinensis
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Acesta rathbuni
[Rathbun's giant file shell]
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Acesta saginata
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Acesta smithi
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Ctenoides ales
[electric flame scallop]
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Ctenoides annulatus
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Ctenoides concentrica
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Ctenoides lischkei
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Ctenoides miamiensis
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Ctenoides mitis
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Ctenoides obliqua
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Ctenoides philippinarum
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Ctenoides planulata
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Ctenoides planulatus
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Ctenoides sanctipauli
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Ctenoides scaber
[flame scallop]


Ctenoides scabra
[rough fileclam]
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Ctenoides suavis
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Ctenoides vokesi
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Divarilima albicoma
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Divarilima sydneyensis
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Escalima goughensis
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Escalima regularis
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Lima attenuata
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Lima bullifera
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Lima caribaea
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Lima cubaniana
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Lima disalvoi
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Lima floridana
[smooth fileclam]
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Lima fujitai
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Lima hians
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Lima hyperborea
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Lima inflata
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Lima lima
[spiny fileclam]
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Lima loscombi
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Lima marioni
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Lima nakayasui
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Lima nimbifer
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Lima pellucida
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Lima quantoensis
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Lima sabauriculata
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Lima subovata
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Lima tomlini
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Lima vulgaris
[common file shell]
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Lima zelandica
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Limaria amakusaensis
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Limaria basilanica
[file clam]
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Limaria cumingii
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Limaria fragilis
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Limaria hemphilli
[hemphill fileclam]


Limaria hians
[gaping file shale]
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Limaria hirasei
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Limaria hongkongensis
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Limaria inflata
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Limaria kawamurai
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Limaria locklini
[skewed fileclam]
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Limaria loscombi
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Limaria orientalis
[file shell]
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Limaria paralella
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Limaria pellucida
[Antillean fileclam]
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Limaria perfragile
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Limaria tuberculata
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Limatula acherontis
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Limatula attenuata
[attenuate fileclam]
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Limatula aupouria
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Limatula bullata
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Limatula confusa
[confusing fileclam]
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Limatula deceptionensis
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Limatula delli
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Limatula domaneschii
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Limatula fragilis
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Limatula gwyni
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Limatula hendersoni
[minute fileclam]


Limatula hodgsoni
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Limatula hyalina
[hyaline fileclam]
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Limatula hyperborea
[Arctic fileclam]
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Limatula insularis
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Limatula japonica
[Japan fileclam]
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Limatula laminifera
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Limatula louiseae
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Limatula maoria
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Limatula margaretae
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Limatula oliveri
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Limatula ovalis
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Limatula ponderi
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Limatula powelli
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Limatula pygmaea
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Limatula raoulica
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Limatula regularis
[regular fileclam]
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Limatula saturna
[Saturna fileclam]
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Limatula setifera
[bristly fileclam]
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Limatula sibogai
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Limatula similaris
[furrowless fileclam]
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Limatula similliana
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Limatula simillima
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Limatula spinulosa
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Limatula subauriculata
[small-ear fileclam]
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Limatula subovata
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Limatula sulcata
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Limatula suteri
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Limatula textilis
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Limatula tosana
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Limatula vancouverensis
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Limatula vigilis
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Limea argentineae
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Limea bronniana
[dwarf fileclam]
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Limea clandestina
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Limea limopsis
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Limea lirata
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Limea sarsii
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Notolimea crassa
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116 Species of Family Limidae
(file shells)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Acesta bullisi Western Atlantic.
Acesta colombiana Western Atlantic
Acesta excavata excavated fileclam Europe & Northern Asia (e 11.25 DL
Acesta maui giant file shell Southwest Pacific
Acesta patagonica deep-water coral clam Southwest Atlantic and So
Acesta philippinensis Western Pacific
Acesta rathbuni Rathbun's giant file shell Indo-West Pacific. 21 SHH
Acesta saginata Southwest Pacific
Acesta smithi Northwest Pacific
Ctenoides ales electric flame scallop Indo-Pacific.
Ctenoides annulatus Indo-West Pacific.
Ctenoides concentrica Northwest Pacific
Ctenoides lischkei Indo-Pacific.
Ctenoides miamiensis Western Central Atlantic
Ctenoides mitis Western Atlantic
Ctenoides obliqua Western Atlantic.
Ctenoides philippinarum Western Central Pacific 4 TL
Ctenoides planulata Western Atlantic.
Ctenoides planulatus Western Central Atlantic
Ctenoides sanctipauli Western Atlantic. 2.6 DL
Ctenoides scaber flame scallop Western Central Atlantic
Ctenoides scabra rough fileclam Western Atlantic. 7.5 DL
Ctenoides suavis Western Central Pacific
Ctenoides vokesi Western Atlantic.
Divarilima albicoma Western Central Atlantic 0.8 TL
Divarilima sydneyensis Southwest Pacific.
Escalima goughensis Southeast Atlantic
Escalima regularis Southwest Pacific
Lima attenuata Northeast Atlantic
Lima bullifera Eastern Central Pacific
Lima caribaea Western Central Atlantic. 2.5 TL
Lima cubaniana Western Atlantic. 1.5 DL
Lima disalvoi Southeast Pacific
Lima floridana smooth fileclam Atlantic Ocean.
Lima fujitai Western Central Pacific
Lima hians Northeast Atlantic and Me
Lima hyperborea Northeast Atlantic and th
Lima inflata Mediterranean Sea
Lima lima spiny fileclam Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 9 SHL
Lima loscombi Northeast Atlantic
Lima marioni Mediterranean Sea. 4.24 DL
Lima nakayasui Western Central Pacific
Lima nimbifer Eastern Indian Ocean
Lima pellucida Atlantic Ocean
Lima quantoensis Western Central Pacific
Lima sabauriculata Northeast Atlantic
Lima subovata Northeast Atlantic
Lima tomlini Western and Southeast Pac
Lima vulgaris common file shell Indo-Pacific 9 SHH
Lima zelandica Southwest Pacific
Limaria amakusaensis Northwest Pacific
Limaria basilanica file clam Indo-Pacific.
Limaria cumingii Western Central Pacific
Limaria fragilis Indo-Pacific.
Limaria hemphilli hemphill fileclam Eastern Pacific.
Limaria hians gaping file shale Western Central Pacific a
Limaria hirasei Northwest Pacific
Limaria hongkongensis Northwest Pacific
Limaria inflata Southwest Atlantic 2.8 TL
Limaria kawamurai Western Central Pacific
Limaria locklini skewed fileclam Western Atlantic. 0.96 TL
Limaria loscombi Mediterranean Sea.
Limaria orientalis file shell Indo-West Pacific.
Limaria paralella Eastern Pacific
Limaria pellucida Antillean fileclam Western Atlantic. 0.25 TL
Limaria perfragile Northwest Pacific
Limaria tuberculata Mediterranean Sea.
Limatula acherontis Southwest Pacific
Limatula attenuata attenuate fileclam Eastern Pacific and North
Limatula aupouria Southwest Pacific
Limatula bullata Western Pacific.
Limatula confusa confusing fileclam Atlantic Ocean. 0.15 TL
Limatula deceptionensis Antarctica.
Limatula delli Southwest Pacific
Limatula domaneschii Western Atlantic. 0.12 DL
Limatula fragilis Eastern Indian Ocean
Limatula gwyni Northeast Atlantic and th
Limatula hendersoni minute fileclam Atlantic Ocean. 0.29 DL
Limatula hodgsoni Southern Pacific and the 2.3 SHL
Limatula hyalina hyaline fileclam Northeast Atlantic
Limatula hyperborea Arctic fileclam Atlantic Ocean and the Ar 1.4 DL
Limatula insularis Southwest Pacific
Limatula japonica Japan fileclam Northeast Atlantic and Pa
Limatula laminifera Western Central Atlantic 0.24 DL
Limatula louiseae Western Atlantic. 0.23 DL
Limatula maoria Southwest Pacific
Limatula margaretae Atlantic Ocean.
Limatula oliveri Southwest Pacific
Limatula ovalis Antarctic Atlantic
Limatula ponderi Eastern Indian Ocean
Limatula powelli Indo-West Pacific
Limatula pygmaea Southern Pacific, Southwe 1.5 DL
Limatula raoulica Southwest Pacific
Limatula regularis regular fileclam Atlantic Ocean.
Limatula saturna Saturna fileclam Eastern Pacific and North
Limatula setifera bristly fileclam Atlantic Ocean. 0.9 DL
Limatula sibogai Western Pacific.
Limatula similaris furrowless fileclam Eastern Pacific and North
Limatula similliana Western Atlantic and the
Limatula simillima Antarctic Atlantic
Limatula spinulosa Southwest Pacific.
Limatula subauriculata small-ear fileclam Atlantic Ocean, North Ame
Limatula subovata Northeast Atlantic and th
Limatula sulcata Northeast Atlantic
Limatula suteri Southwest Pacific
Limatula textilis Northwest Pacific
Limatula tosana Western Central Pacific
Limatula vancouverensis Northeast Atlantic
Limatula vigilis Southwest Pacific
Limea argentineae Western Atlantic.
Limea bronniana dwarf fileclam North America. 0.5 DL
Limea clandestina Mediterranean Sea.
Limea limopsis Western Central Pacific
Limea lirata Western Atlantic. 0.12 DL
Limea sarsii Mediterranean Sea
Notolimea crassa Mediterranean Sea



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