Turtonia minuta (Fabricius, 1780)Veneroidea : Turtoniidae
To size: To 4mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile shell. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Beaks in front of midline. Tumidity: Fairly tumid. Outline: Sub-ovate. Lunule narrow, defined by weak groove. Escutcheon indistinct.
Sculpture: Concentric lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Extends a quarter of length of margin. Hinge: 3 cardinals in each valve; in RV anterior short and adjoins shell for most of length; in LV posterior is very small knob. No laterals. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus unclear. Periostracum: Thin, glossy. Colour: Mid-brown.
Distribution & Ecology
Widespread around all coasts. Lives attached by a byssus in crevices, among algae and epifauna; intertidal and shallow sublittoral
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Juveniles & Similar Species
Key Features & Similar Species
Listed are literature citing Turtonia minuta (Fabricius, 1780). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Fabricius O 1780. Fauna Groenlandica systematice sistens animalis Groenlandiae occidentalis hactenus indagata Hafniae et Lipsiae, J G Rothe. 452pp, 1 pl.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea Part II. La Conchiglia. 281: 27-53, + 61.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea. La Conchiglia. 279: 31-36, + 61.
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