Thorny oyster

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(Zool.) any spiny marine shell of the genus Spondylus.

See also: Oyster

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The family Spondylidae (Gray, 1826) consists of only one genus--Spondylus (Linnaeus, 1758)--commonly also called thorny oysters, with about 76 living species worldwide (Lamprell 2006).
The thorny oyster and the voice of God: Spondylus and Strombus in Andean prehistory.