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
Spondylus tenuis Schreibers, 1793 syn. Spondylus ictericus - Digitate thorny oyster - a non-native species
Digitate thorny oyster
Spondylus tenuis
- dorsal view of right valve 1

Digitate thorny oyster
Spondylus tenuis
- ventral view of right valve 1

Digitate thorny oyster
Spondylus tenuis
- interior of left valve 1

Specimen above was purchased as a reference specimen and is part of a private collection in Cornwall. The species might have the capacity to be a rafting species and therefore may be found on flotsam in the UK that has arrived from the SE United States, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

The 51mm specimen here was found by a diver in 95 feet of water, on a wreck, in Man of War Bay, Tobago. 25.11.98.

It appears a specimen of this species was washed-up cemented to fishing rope, in the Hebrides, in November 2015.

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.

Spondylus tenuis ictericus Digitate thorny 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.