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Molluscs of Tasmania

Limidae: Lima (Lima) nimbifer Iredale, 1924 (‘cloud file-shell’)

Synonym(s): nimbifer Iredale, 1924 multicostata Sowerby, 1843 (non Geinitz, 1839) benthonimbifer Iredale, 1925 gemina Iredale, 1929 spectata Iredale, 1929 tropicalis Iredale, 1929 persquamifer Iredale, 1939.
Typical shell-length 20 mm. Valves are strongly bilaterally asymmetrical; shell is quite solid and usually opaque. Lives subtidally and offshore amongst sponges, especially in exposed environments. Native. Occurs all around Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA, WA and NT); also widespread elsewhere in warm seas. In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species but seldom common; most likely to be found in the E.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Limoida
Superfamily: Limoidea
Family: Limidae
Genus: Lima

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