Shell is round in outline and compressed, with subequal anterior and posterior auricles (ears) strongly delimited, gaping below each auricle, with about 20 finely sculptured radial ribs. Shell color is highly variable; may be white, red, orange, mottled or solid, with the right valve lighter in color than the left. Interior is white, with grooves reflecting external ribs. May grow as large as 3 in (80 mm) in diameter. Soft body with single central adductor muscle; mantle margin equipped with numerous sensory tentacles and eyes.
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