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Posted by Chris on July 10, 2011 at 21:24:38:

I have encountered two of these Limaria sp. (Swimming file shells) recently. They may be Limaria hemphilli or Limaria pacifica

The first I saw on the front side of San Clemente Island, California near the Blockhouse on July 2, 2011.



Limaria sp. (Swimming file shell) at San Clemente Island, California
Limaria sp. (Swimming file shell) at San Clemente Island, California


I saw this one yesterday July 9, 2011 ay Cape Cortez on the back side of Santa Catalina Island, California.



Limaria sp. (Swimming file shell) at Santa Catalina Island, California
Limaria sp. (Swimming file shell) at Santa Catalina Island, California


I took this picture of Limaria pacifica (Swimming file shell) in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico on June 14, 2008.



Limaria pacifica (Swimming file shell) in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Limaria pacifica (Swimming file shell) in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico


I have never seen these before in Southern California. The fact that I have two at different islands within just over a week may suggest there are more to be found this summer.


©2011 Chris Grossman, diver.net



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