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Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, NE Atlantic
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Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, NE Atlantic
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Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, NE Atlantic
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Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, NE Atlantic
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Irish Sea survey 1991
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Irish Sea survey 1991
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Irish Sea survey 1991
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Irish Sea survey 1991
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Abra prismatica (Montagu, 1803)
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Abra prismatica (Montagu, 1803)

Tellinoidea : Semelidae
Tebble name: Abra prismatica (Montagu)
Smith & Heppell name: Abra prismatica (Montagu, 1803)

To size: To 26mm. Shell Structure: Thin, brittle. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks to posterior. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Elongate ovate, posterior dorsal margin short, giving beak-like appearance to posterior, anterior dorsal margin long, almost straight to rounded anterior margin. Contour: posterior gape.

Sculpture: Fine concentric lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: External small brown, arched band, internal ligament in a small, elongate triangular chondrophore. Hinge: LV one small cardinal and single weak laterals; RV two cardinals and single laterals. Pallial Musculature: Fairly shallow relative to length of shell, to midline. Cruciform muscle scars visible in some specimens. Periostracum: Light brown, glossy. Colour: White.



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Distribution & Ecology


Lives in a range of substrates but most often coarse sediments with mud or sand content.

Distributed all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland, occurring from the lower shore to the shelf edge.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Continental Margin Zone (200 - 500m)


Juveniles & Similar Species

Juvenile Description

Key Features & Similar Species

Additional Comments

Tellinoidea : Semelidae

References


Listed are literature citing Abra prismatica (Montagu, 1803). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Allen J A & Sanders H L 1966. Adaptations to abyssal life as shown by the bivalve Abra profundorum (Smith). Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts. 13: 1175-1178.
Montagu G 1808. Testacea Britannica - Supplement Exeter. 183pp + pls 17-30.

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  • Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland
    Provides resources for understanding, identifying, recording, and conserving molluscs
  • CLEMAM
    Check List of European Marine Mollusca
  • MarLIN
    The Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland (MarLIN) provides information for marine environmental management, protection and education. It is a centre of excellence in spatially based and time-series marine biological information and supports good stewardship in the marine environment.
  • NBN Gateway
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  • BivAToL
  • MarBEF
  • Malacological Society
  • Unitas Malacologica
  • Census of Marine Life
  • MarBEF
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Record last modified - 25/03/2014