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 Moderate size (up to 22 × 14 mm), dorsal elevation ratio = 0.35 to 0.46, oval, valves beaked. Tegmentum very finely granulose, orange to brick red, often with white markings, or with shades of green, bright yellow, or bright orange. Intermediate valves rectangular. Sculpture smooth and glossy to the naked eye, diagonally set with black dots (the pigment cups of the ‘shell-eyes’); under magnification the valves are sculptured with small granules arranged in quincunx. Wide girdle, usually about 1/3 of the animal’s total width and covered in spicules, with a short marginal fringe of spicules. The girdle is coloured yellow or orange with red markings.


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Source: ZooKeys

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