Tellin Family Tellinidae. Is a large family of 14 genra and about 350 known species. These shells are primarily ovate but can be round, triangular or oblong. There size ranges from 1/4 to 4 1/2 inches.
Most Tellins are compressed, with the back end turned a little to the left and the left valve deeper and often a bit larger than the right. The right valve usually has a strong ridge turning from the umbo to the hind end, with a corresponding furrow in the concentric ridge.
Tellin color. Interior is white. Outside colors may vary by species.
This shell type has 2 central teeth in each valve,larger one with a single groove, side teeth are strong in right valve, weak in the left.
Sunsrise Tellin Shells
Sunrise Tellin. Tellina Radiata is elongately ovate; front is evenly rounded, hind is slightly narrow and umbones small. This forms an angle in center of upper margin, has large ligament in shallow depression. Exterior is whitish, tinged with yellow and often radiantly pink, umbones are pink. Overall, shell is shiny smooth with a flat triangular front and hind side. It has teeth in right valve.
Habitat. Prefers sand with water of 5 to 48 foot depth. It ranges from South Florida to Northern South America. The color and texture make it a favorite among shell collectors. The species is not considered rare.
The Sunrise Tellin is a bivalve . This means the mollusk has formed a bottom shell and matching top shell. In this listing you receive the complete bivalve; top shell and matching bottom.
Pink Tellin Shells
Purple Polished Tellins