Species Account

Dosinia lupinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Veneroidea : Veneridae

Tebble name: Dosinia lupinus (Linnaeus)
Smith & Heppell name: Dosinia lupinus (L., 1758)

To size: To 38mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Beaks in front of midline. Tumidity: Quite tumid. Outline: Sub-oval. Lunule prominent but short, with radiating ridges. Curve of margin from lunule is low to anterior margin. Escutcheon poorly defined.

Sculpture: Evenly spaced concentric ridges and growth lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Deeply inset and extends halfway to posterior 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, satin, pale yellow. Colour: Cream, beige rays may extend from umbos.

Distribution & Ecology

Widely distributed on all coasts except the southern North Sea from the low intertidal to the outer shelf.
A deep burrower in fine sand, coarse sand, sandy mud, silty sand and shell-gravel.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Dosinia lupinus (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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Record last modified: 17/05/2016