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Spondylus americanus is a sessile bivalve, occurring in shallow water in the Atlantic Ocean from Brazil to North Carolina, where it is usually found as part of a coral reef. Like all Spondylidae, Spondylus americanus is noted for its striking, spiny appearance, giving rise to its common name, the Atlantic Thorny Oyster.

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Source: Field Museum phylogenetics class

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