Tapes (Venerupis) corrugata (Gmelin, 1791)Veneroidea : Veneridae
Robust, thick shelled.
Inequilateral, beaks in front of midline.
Rhomboidal to sub-ovate, dorsal margin long, angular.
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.
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.
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Juveniles & Similar Species
Key Features & Similar Species
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