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Warty Venus (Venus Verrucosa)

A bivalve belonging to the Veneridae family, so related to the Carpet-Shell and Venus Shell. It inhabits waters between the south coast of Britain to South Africa, and grow up to about 7cm.

If found on your fishmongers slab, they are good eaten raw, and cooked or heated in the way you might treat oysters. They are very popular in France, where they are known as "praire"s".

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