Classification: State Extirpated
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The kidneyshell is a relatively large species with a heavy, elongated shell. The anterior end is well rounded, while the posterior end is more blunt. The periostracum ranges in color from yellow to golden brown, with green rays common to most individuals. The hinge teeth are robust with two serrated pseudocardinal teeth in the left valve accompanied by two straight lateral teeth. In the right valve, there is a one pseudocardinal tooth and one serrated lateral tooth. The interdentum is broad. (Parmalee and Bogan 1998).
General Life History For Mussels