The Flame Shell, Limaria hians

The Flame Shell, Limaria hians, is a species of small saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Limidae.

The flame shell looks a lot like a scallop with a bright orange fringe of filaments emerging from between the valve of its shell.

The bivalves fashion a felt-lined nest by making sticky threads which bind stones and pieces of shell debris.

This shell is distributed primarily in the west coast of Scotland from the sub littoral, down to 100 meters, although there are patchy records of the species being found in more southerly regions of the United Kingdom. There are numerous well-known colonies on the sea bed in Loch Carron, below Strome Castle.

Image Caption: Flame Shell (Limaria hians) in Loch Carron. Credit: Goatchurch/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)