Pitar (Lamelliconcha) Dall 1902 (venus clam)

Bivalvia - Cardiida - Veneridae

Parent taxon: Pitar according to R. L. Squires and R. A. Demetrion 1992

See also Durham 1944, Rivera 1957, Squires 1984, Squires 1987 and Squires 1988

Sister taxa: Meretrix (Pitar) dalikiensis, Meretrix (Pitar) elliptica, Pitar (Calpitaria), Pitar (Chionella), Pitar (Cordiopsis), Pitar (Costellipitar), Pitar (Hyphantosoma), Pitar (Nanopitar), Pitar (Paradione), Pitar (Pitar), Pitar (Pitar) nuttali, Pitar (Pitarenus), Pitar (Pitarina), Pitar addicotti, Pitar albidus, Pitar baylii, Pitar cedroensis, Pitar colchaguana, Pitar cordatus, Pitar hataii, Pitar kotoi, Pitar mancorensis, Pitar morrhuanus, Pitar murphyi, Pitar oregonensis, Pitar ozakii, Pitar palmeri, Pitar parisiensis, Pitar petropolitanus, Pitar porrecta, Pitar rostratus, Pitar salanga, Pitar sciaena, Pitar securiformis, Pitar simpsoni, Pitar sorachiensis, Pitar subarestus, Pitar transversus, Cytherea (Caryatis) pratti, Caryatis barbarensis

Subtaxa: Pitar (Lamelliconcha) joaquinensis Pitar (Lamelliconcha) nomlandi Pitar (Lamelliconcha) vertumni

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Ecology: facultatively mobile infaunal suspension feeder

Distribution:

• Pliocene of Costa Rica (1 collection), Trinidad and Tobago (10)

• Miocene of Brazil (7), Ecuador (1), Trinidad and Tobago (8), Venezuela (1)

• Oligocene of United States (2: Mississippi)

• Eocene of Colombia (2), Mexico (1), United States (21: California, Georgia, Washington)

• Cretaceous to Paleogene of United States (1: Texas)

• Cretaceous of United States (1: Texas)

Total: 56 collections including 66 occurrences

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