Mollusca – Bivalvia


Pipis or surf clams are small, wedge-shaped and sometimes colourful bivalves that live just below the sand surface in the surf zone of beaches. As the tide goes out, you may see them moving down the beach and burrowing back into the sand after being dislodged by waves.

Did you know?

Sometimes you will find a pipi shell on the beach with a neatly drilled hole. This drill hole was made by the rasping tongue or radula of a predatory sea snail as it fed on the pipi’s body.