Dosinia exoleta (Linnaeus, 1758)Veneroidea : Veneridae
Inequilateral. Beaks in front of midline.
Sub-circular. Lunule prominent but short, with radiating ridges. Margin curves up steeply out of it. Escutcheon absent.
Sculpture: Evenly spaced concentric ridges and growth lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Deeply inset and extends about two thirds of margin. Hinge: 3 cardinals in each valve. In LV small protrusion in front of anterior cardinal. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus very deep, extending towards top of adductor, narrowing towards end and rounded. Periostracum: Thin, matt. Colour: Cream, beige rays may extend from umbos.
Distribution & Ecology
Widely distributed on all coasts from the low intertidal. Generally uncommon beyond 100m depth, deep burrower in mostly clean coarse sand and shell gravel.
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Juveniles & Similar Species
Key Features & Similar Species
Listed are literature citing Dosinia exoleta (Linnaeus, 1758). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Ansell A 1961. The functional morphology of the British species of Veneracea (Eulamellibranchia). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 41: 489-517 .
Linnaeus C 1758. Systema Naturae. Editio decima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 824pp.
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