Solecurtus scopula (Turton, 1822)
Tellinoidea : Solecurtidae
Inequilateral, beaks just in front of midline.
Oblong, elongate; anterior more expanded than posterior, dorsal margins sloping gently, anterior broadly rounded, posterior margin narrower, ventral often sinuate.
Gaping anteriorly and posteriorly.
Sculpture: Of oblique riblets running diagonally across the median area then changing angle over the posterior and running posterior ventrally to the margin, the angle of change is sharp and the ribs become crowded and wavy. Number of ribs and persistence variable. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Parivincular, external, a prominent arched band on a nymph. Hinge: Of 2 cardinal teeth in each valve, all fragile and the posterior in RV often lost. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus deep, extending to beyond the line of the beaks, dorsal arm curved not angulate, ventral confluent with pallial line for most of its length. Periostracum: Periostracum thin, brownish in colour, persistent around margins. Colour: Dirty creamy white.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Key Features & Similar Species
Tellinoidea : Solecurtidae
Listed are literature citing Solecurtus scopula (Turton, 1822). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Nolf F & Verstraeten J 2002. The family Solecurtidae d’Orbigny, 1846 (Bivalvia: Heterodonta: Veneroida) in European waters. Neptunea. 1(1): 1-17.
Oliver PG, Nolf F & Verstraeten J 2010. On the identity of Solecurtus scopula (Turton, 1822) and the establishment of S. candidus (Brocchi 1814). Journal of Conchology. 40 (2): 129-141.
Turton W 1822. Conchylia dithyra Insularum britannicarum. The bivalve shells of the British Islands London. 279pp, 20pls.
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