species: Atrina pectinata in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Atrina pectinata

©Anne Hoggett: Atrina pectinata at lagoon bommie, Lizard Island. Visible aperture is about 15 cm wide.

©Anne Hoggett: Atrina pectinata at Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island. Aperture is about 14 cm wide.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Bivalvia
Order Pterioida
Family Pinnidae
Genus Atrina
Species Atrina pectinata



Distinguishing features

A large shell that is mostly buried in sand; exposed mantle is frilly with wavy bands of black and white.


  • Up to 15 cm (Width of exposed aperture of specimens at Lizard Island.)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Goggin, C.L. and R.J.G. Lester (1987). Occurrence of Perkinsus species (Protozoa, Apicomplexa) in bivalves from the Great Barrier Reef, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 3: 113-117. LIRS catalog number 237.