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Family: Chamidae jewel box shells (See list of species below)

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43 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Amphichama argentata
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Arcinella arcinella
[spiny jewelbox]
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Arcinella brasiliana
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Arcinella cornuta
[Florida spiny jewelbox]


Chama ambigua
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Chama asperella
[jewel boxes]
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Chama aspersa
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Chama bicornis
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Chama brassica
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Chama buddiana
[Mexican jewel box]
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Chama cerion
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Chama circinata
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Chama congregata
[corrugate jewelbox]


Chama croceata
[Savigny's jewel box]
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Chama dunkeri
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Chama echinata
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Chama fibula
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Chama florida
[pretty jewelbox]
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Chama fraga
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Chama frondosa
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Chama gryphoides
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Chama inezae
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Chama iostoma
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Chama japonica
[Japanese jewel box]
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Chama jukesi
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Chama lactuca
[milky jewelbox]


Chama lazarus
[Lazarus jewel box]
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Chama limbula
[jewel box]
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Chama lobata
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Chama macerophylla
[leafy jewelbox]


Chama pacifica
[reflexed jewel box]
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Chama pellucida
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Chama radians
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Chama sarda
[cherry jewelbox]
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Chama semipurpurata
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Chama sinuosa
[smooth-edge jewelbox]
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Pseudochama corbieri
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Pseudochama exogyra
[reversed chama]
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Pseudochama gryphina
[left-handed jewel box]


Pseudochama inezae
[alabaster jewelbox]


Pseudochama radians
[Atlantic jewelbox]
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Pseudochama retroversa
[retroversal jewel box]
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Pseudochama scutulina
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43 Species of Family Chamidae
(jewel box shells)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Amphichama argentata Western Pacific
Arcinella arcinella spiny jewelbox Western Atlantic 5.33 DL
Arcinella brasiliana Western Atlantic. 6.16 DL
Arcinella cornuta Florida spiny jewelbox Western Central Atlantic. 4 DL
Chama ambigua Northwest Pacific
Chama asperella jewel boxes Indo-Pacific and the Medi 2.24 TL
Chama aspersa Western Indian Ocean and
Chama bicornis Mediterranean Sea
Chama brassica Indo-Pacific.
Chama buddiana Mexican jewel box Pacific Ocean
Chama cerion Eastern Central Pacific
Chama circinata Mediterranean Sea
Chama congregata corrugate jewelbox Western Atlantic. 3.5 DL
Chama croceata Savigny's jewel box Indo-Pacific 10 SHL
Chama dunkeri Western Pacific.
Chama echinata Southeast Pacific and Wes
Chama fibula Western Central Pacific
Chama florida pretty jewelbox Western Atlantic.
Chama fraga Indo-Pacific.
Chama frondosa Southeast Pacific
Chama gryphoides Mediterranean Sea
Chama inezae Western Central Atlantic 2.5 DL
Chama iostoma Indo-Pacific.
Chama japonica Japanese jewel box Western Pacific.
Chama jukesi Indo-Pacific.
Chama lactuca milky jewelbox Western Central Atlantic. 2.2 DL
Chama lazarus Lazarus jewel box Indo-Pacific 14 SHL
Chama limbula jewel box Indo-Pacific
Chama lobata Western Pacific.
Chama macerophylla leafy jewelbox Eastern Pacific; Western 10 WD
Chama pacifica reflexed jewel box Indo-Pacific and the Medi 8 SHL
Chama pellucida Eastern Pacific
Chama radians Western Atlantic. 4.7 DL
Chama sarda cherry jewelbox Western Atlantic. 3.8 DL
Chama semipurpurata Western Pacific
Chama sinuosa smooth-edge jewelbox Western Central Pacific a
Pseudochama corbieri Mediterranean Sea
Pseudochama exogyra reversed chama Eastern Pacific
Pseudochama gryphina left-handed jewel box Mediterranean Sea
Pseudochama inezae alabaster jewelbox Western Central Atlantic
Pseudochama radians Atlantic jewelbox North America.
Pseudochama retroversa retroversal jewel box Western Pacific
Pseudochama scutulina Western Pacific



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