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A large heart-shaped shell up to 10 cm long. Its two shells are rounded and the beaks of the shell curve spirally, away from the hinge, giving it the characteristic heart-shape when viewed from the side. The two valves are similar in shape and structure (equivalve). The shell is globular with a slightly circular outline, deep and thick but light-weight. The outer layer of the shell (periostracum) is thick, dark brown, red-brown or very dark green in adults and light greenish-yellow in juveniles. The periostracum is often covered with firm short hairs radiating from the beaks, sometimes giving the shells a glossy appearance. Beneath the outer layer, the shell is off-white, yellowish or fawn, sometimes with red-brown streaks. Inside empty shells, the pallial line shows no indentation for the pallial sinus.
Glossus humanus is a rarely recorded species.
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Last Updated: 13/10/2009