Ensis minor (Chenu, 1843)
Solenoidea : Pharidae
To size: To 150mm. Shell Structure: Brittle. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks at the anterior end. Outline: Ensiform, dorsal and ventral margins straight, parallel; Anterior and posterior truncate. Posterior compressed, posterior gape lozenge-shaped in cross section.
Sculpture: Of co-marginal lines and growth stops. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: External, a long narrow brown/black band behind the beaks. Hinge: LV with two rather bulbous cardinals and two laminar posterior laterals, one lying above the other; RV with a single laminar cardinal and a single posterior lateral. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus U-shaped, separation of posterior adductor scar and pallial sinus equal to or slightly less than length of adductor scar. Anterior adductor scar exceeding length of ligament; pedal retractor muscle close to end of ligament. Periostracum: Greenish becoming darker and brown at the margins. Colour: Dirty white, cream, grayish some banded reddish brown.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Solenoidea : Pharidae
Listed are literature citing Ensis minor (Chenu, 1843). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Chenu J C 1843. Illustrations conchyliogiques, ou description et figures de toutes les coquilles connues vivant et fossiles Paris, Franck.
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