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Studland Bay.

Studland Bay.

Studland Bay.

Studland Bay.

Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage Channel : 56° 27.1’N / 5° 25.3’W : 5-15m

Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage Channel : 56° 27.1’N / 5° 25.3’W : 5-15m

Torsa Channel, Isle of Luing : 56° 15.1’N / 5° 37.5’W

Torsa Channel, Isle of Luing : 56° 15.1’N / 5° 37.5’W

Torsa Channel, Isle of Luing : 56° 15.1’N / 5° 37.5’W
Tapes (Venerupis) corrugata (Gmelin, 1791)
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Tapes (Venerupis) corrugata (Gmelin, 1791)

Veneroidea : Veneridae
Tebble name: Venerupis pullastra (Montagu)
Smith & Heppell name: Venerupis senegalensis (Gmelin, 1791)

To size: To 50mm. Shell Structure: Robust, thick shelled. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks in front of midline. Tumidity: Tumid. Outline: Rhomboidal to sub-ovate, dorsal margin long, angular. Contour: Lunule not clearly defined but is heart-shaped and elongated, extends further in RV than the LV. Escutcheon not clearly defined, set in depression and extends further into LV than RV.

Sculpture: Sculpture consisting of thin concentric ridges and grooves and radial ribs, which are more defined on posterior margin giving a rough appearance. Margin: Margin smooth. Ligament: Ligament extending from umbo ¾ of way to posterior. Hinge: 3 cardinals in each valve, LV centre bifid, RV centre and posterior bifid. No laterals. Pallial Musculature: Muscle scars roughly equal: Posterior slightly fatter than anterior. Pallial sinus deep, extends to just over midline, rounded. Periostracum: Thin, smooth, satin sheen. Colour: External fawn coloured, but with mid-brown rays/blotches/zigzags. Internal colouration white.

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Distribution & Ecology

Widely distributed on all coasts, intertidal and sublittoral. Burrowing in a variety of substrates from hard sand/stony sand/muddy gravel/muddy sand often base of rocks; or nestling in crevices or old piddock holes on rocky shores.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Juveniles & Similar Species

Juvenile Description

Key Features & Similar Species

Additional Comments

Veneroidea : Veneridae


Listed are literature citing Tapes (Venerupis) corrugata (Gmelin, 1791). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.




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Record last modified - 22/03/2016