Epilepton clarkiae (Clark, 1852)
Galeommatoidea : Montacutidae
To size: To 2.5mm. Shell Structure: Thin, opaque. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks behind the midline. Tumidity: Somewhat compressed, becoming discoid. Outline: Subovate dorsally subtrigonal, anteriorly expanded; dorsal margins sloping equally straight; remainder rounded with posterior a little narrower than anterior.
Sculpture: Of co-marginal lines and growth stops, usually with radial linear inclusions within the shell structure. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Internal in a deep pit below and slightly behind beaks. Hinge: RV with single large anterior and posterior laterals and a prominent anterior “cardinal” tooth; LV with laterals as extensions of the margins and an anterior socket. Pallial Musculature: Indistinct. Colour: Dirty white to dirty cream.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Galeommatoidea : Montacutidae
Listed are literature citing Epilepton clarkiae (Clark, 1852). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Clark W 1852. On a new British species of Lepton. Annals and magazine of natural History. (2)9: 191-192.
Delongueville C. & Scaillet R. 1999. Relevé de l’association de Eplilepton clarkiae (W. Clark, 1852) et de Mioerycina coarctata (S.V. Wood, 1851) avec Phascolion strombi (Montagu, 1804) en Méditerranée. Apex. 14 (2): 29-32.
Jespersen A, Lutzen J & Oliver P G 2007. Morphology, biology and systematic position of Epilepton clarkiae (Clark 1852) (Galeommatoidea: Montacutidae) a bivalve commensal with sipunculans. Journal of Conchology. 4: 391.
Kallonas M, Zenetos A & Gofas S 1999. Notes on the Ecology and Distribution of Microbivalvia in Greek Waters. La Conchiglia. 291: 11-20.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea Part II. La Conchiglia. 281: 27-53, + 61.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea. La Conchiglia. 279: 31-36, + 61.
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