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Piddock (Pholas dactylus)

An edible clam-like mollusc belonging to the Pholadidae family. They live around the south coast of Britain and down the Western Atlantic as far as southern Portugal. The pointed shells grow up to 15cm in length, and is sometimes called the "long oyster". It can be eaten raw, but also cooked in the style of other oysters.

It is unusual in that the flesh is luminous, so much so that eaters breath is said to look like a flame.

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