Species Account

Lametila abyssorum Allen & Sanders, 1973

Nuculanoidea : Lametilidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: n/a

To size: To 4mm. Shell Structure: Extremely thin, transparent. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Slightly inequilateral, beaks just in front of midline. Tumidity: Compressed. Outline: Oval. Anterior slightly narrower than posterior. Contour: Umbos very low.

Sculpture: Smooth with occasional concentric lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Internal, very small, beneath beaks. Hinge: Taxodont but of few very elongate teeth lying almost parallel to the dorsal margins. Pallial Musculature: Indistinct. Periostracum: Very thin, pale olive. Colour: Transparent, glassy with soft parts clearly showing through. Additional Characters: Gut loop as a single open coil to the anterior of the left side.

Distribution & Ecology

A north Atlantic abyssal species ranging into the Porcupine Abyssal Plain.

Depth Range
Abyssal Rise (2000 - 4000m)
Abyssal Plain (4000m +)

Additional Information & Related Species

Related Species

Nuculanoidea : Lametilidae


Listed are literature citing Lametila abyssorum Allen & Sanders, 1973. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Allen J A & Sanders H L 1973. Studies on deep-sea Protobranchia (Bivalvia); the families Siliculidae and Lametilidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard. 145: 263-310.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016