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The Sunset Tellin

Posted by Jody on November 29, 2012

Oahu Sunset

The Sunset Tellin (Tellina crassiplicata) of Polynesia and the Indo-Pacific is a beautiful, shallow water bivalve. Ranging up to 2 ½ inches in length, the Sunset Tellin has a yellowish tinge and sports pink radiating bands of varying widths on its exterior. Somewhat glossy, this seashell has a lovely texture due to its fine, sharp concentric lines.

Sunset Tellin

Not to be confused with the Sunrise Tellin (Tellina radiata) of the Carribbean Sea, the Sunset Tellin seashell also slopes gently but has a  blunted tip at the rear (see top of photo above). This tellin looks almost like the shell has been “pinched” into a ridge at the posterior end.

Sunset Tellin (interior)

The colorful pink exterior bands show through slightly on the shiny interior of this lovely shell.

An amazing tropical island sunset and the gorgeous Sunset Tellin are only two of the many beauties you can find on the beaches of Hawaii!



11 Responses to “The Sunset Tellin”

  1. Liz said

    Lovely pics we sometimes have tiny pink shells on our beaches but am not sure what they are.

  2. Beautiful shells. 🙂

  3. How gorgeous, nature creates such beautiful things.

  4. Having posted about caribbean Sunrise Tellins… lo and behold, there are Sunset Tellins on the other side of the world (as it were). How balanced of nature to arrange this… [I do realise it’s really only a human naming thing!]

  5. Aloha indeed! Beautiful photos.

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