The warty venus is a medium-sized clam-like shell, rounded and domed, and covered with bumpy, rough concentric ridges, living up to its common name. The warty venus lives on sand and gravel seabeds from the intertidal down to 100m. Reproduction takes place at the beginning of summer (May to June).
How to identify
A rough clam like shell, with deeply ridged concentric bands with warty edges. It is beigey-brown in colour with a white internal surface.
Found on sandy and gravelly seabeds around the Shetland Isles and the West coast of the UK. Rare on the South and East coasts of England.