Wedge Shells

wedge shells
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit200


possession limit-


boat limit-

(wedge shell species combined)

Guide to symbols

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Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

round wedge shell, little wedge shell, elongate wedge shell

Scientific name

Paphies cuneata, Paphies elongata, Paphies erycinaea, Anapella cycladea

Grows to

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Identifying features

​This category covers several species of small bivalve shells known as wedge shells. Widespread and common, their colouration ranges from white (P. cuneata and A. cycladea) to brown (P. elongate and P. erycinaea).


Lives intertidally in sand and mud in sheltered and moderately exposed shores.

Fishing information

Wedge shells are the most numerous of bivalves washed up on Tasmanian beaches. Sometimes collected to use as decorations around the home and garden. Known to leave lines and marks in the sand when they move. Can also be used as bait.

Public Health advice

Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the Department of Health and Human Services at or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738. Do not consume shellfish from the Tamar or Derwent estuaries.


Larger wedge shells can be eaten but need to be purged.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550