Species Account

Kellia suborbicularis (Montagu, 1803)

Galeommatoidea : Kelliidae

Tebble name: Kellia suborbicularis (Montagu)
Smith & Heppell name: Kellia suborbicularis (Montagu, 1803)

To size: To 10mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Slightly inequilateral, beaks just infront of midline. Tumidity: Inflated. Outline: Orbicular, anterior a little narrower than posterior; ventral may straighten. Contour: Umbos prominent.

Sculpture: Of concentric lines and growth stops. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Internal inserted behind the cardinal teeth, a thin external ligament may be visible behind the beaks. Hinge: Hinge teeth prominent; RV with a single cardinal and a single posterior lateral; LV with two cardinals and a single posterior lateral. Pallial Musculature: Pallial line wide, not indented. Periostracum: Thin, yellowish. Colour: Shell white, shiny.

Distribution & Ecology

Intertidal and sublittoral around all coasts, occasional records from offshore shelf. In crevices, borings and in dead shells mostly associated with muddy gravel substrates.

Depth Range
Intertidal
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species

References

Listed are literature citing Kellia suborbicularis (Montagu, 1803). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Lebour M V 1938. The life history of Kellia suborbicularis. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 22: 447-471.
Montagu G 1803. Testacea Britannica, or natural history of British shells, marine, land and the fresh-water, including the most minute: systematically arranged and embellished with figures Romsey, London. 606pp, 16pls.
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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Record last modified: 17/05/2016