An oval, bivalve shell that reaches 5 cm in length. The exterior is sculptured with concentric ridges and faint radiating lines. White, cream or grey in colour, sometimes with purple or brown markings.Venerupis saxatilis
has a more sculptured shell than Venerupis senegalensis
and is typically found attached to firm substrata in rocky crevices. It is unclear whether Venerupis saxatilis
is a separate species or an ecophenotype of Venerupis senegalensis
(Hayward et al.