APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Dendostrea frons (Linnaeus, 1758) - Frond or Racoon oyster - non-native species (Marine bivalve images)
Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view on rope 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view on rope 2

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view on rope 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- bottom valve on rope 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- Stone crab trap rope 1

Nine specimens, two complete, were found on a Stone crab trap rope, washed-up at Gwithian, Cornwall. 11.02.16.

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- exterior of right valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- exterior of right valve 2

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view of shell 1

Frond or 'Coon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view of shell 2

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- clasping teeth on left valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- interior of right valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- interior of left valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- hinge 1

Specimen found by Dr. Paul Gainey who examined the wreck of a large speedboat that had drifted across the Atlantic semi-submerged. The vessel was found in December 1986 at St. Ives. This record has in the past been erronously been attributed to Stella Turk.

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- complete shell 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- tubercules around edge 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- interior of right valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- close-up of tubercules 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- front of shell 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- right valve of shell 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- front of shell 1

Specimen above was found on the side of a specimen of Spondylus americanus f. aurispinae, the Atlantic thorny oyster; held in a private collection in Cornwall. Specimen photographed 15.01.16.

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- exterior of right valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view of shell 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- lateral view of shell 2

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons
- point of attachment / rear 1

This is a non-native species that have been found in Ireland and the UK on flotsam. Specimen here was purchased from for displaying here and alerting people to the species. Images taken 14.01.16.

This is a very variable species and comes to Ireland and the UK via the Gulf Stream and from Florida, the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. Specimen featured above was found in 10-25m of water at Bohol, Philippines, in 2013. The specimen is 35.1mm in length.

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons ?
- exterior of valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons ?
- interior of valve 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons ?
- rear of specimen 1

Frond or Racoon oyster
Dendostrea frons ?
- hinge 1

A non-native species that has possibly arrived from the Florida coast. A single dead specimen was found under the lip of a plastic bucket that was washed-up at Long Rock Station, Marazion, Cornwall. 27.12.15. Dimensions: 25mm x 17mm.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Helping to understand, identify, record, and conserve molluscs.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Dendostrea frons Frond or Racoon oyster Marine Bivalve Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.