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Rough fileclam
Lima scabra
(Born, 1778)

This bivalve shell is not attached to the substrate. The shells are roundish with many fine ribs. The mantle is brightly colored red to orange-red, fringed with long tentacles. The color of the tentacles is variable, from white in deeper, to reddish-orange in shallower water. It can swim by snapping the shells shut, thus escaping predators.
Size: up to 9 cm.

The shell lives on reefs, in recesses. Well hidden, but the tentacles may be visible.
Depth: ranges from 12 m down to 40 m.

Common all over the Caribbean.

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

Rough fileclam (Lima scabra)