Animal Species:Common Pipi

This is one of the most common molluscs encountered on Sydney's ocean beaches. The Pipi lives only a few centimetres beneath the surface and uses its muscular foot to burrow into the sand

Common Pipi on Beach

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Common Pipi

Alternative Name/s

Goolwa Cockle, Surf Clam

Identification

The Common Pipi's strong, smooth shell is off white or light pink with purple inside.

Size range

5 cm

Distribution

Common Pipis are found around coastal Australia.

Habitat

Common Pipis live on exposed sandy beaches and in intertidal areas.

Other behaviours and adaptations

An important part of the diet of local Aborigines, Common Pipi remains have been found in Aboriginal midden sites dating back 2,000 years.

Predators, Parasites and Diseases

Sea birds feed on Common Pipis and can be seen wading in the wet sand using their feet to search for them. Humans also collect Common Pipis for bait or to eat.

Classification

Species:
deltoides
Genus:
Donax
Order:
Veneroida
Class:
Bivalvia
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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