Species Account

Pododesmus rudis (Broderip, 1845)

Anomioidea : Anomiidae

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

To size: To 80mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile valves. Equivalve: Inequivalve, left valve convex, right valve flat containing byssal hole. Equilateral: Inquilateral. Tumidity: Compressed valves. Outline: Oval to subcircular.

Sculpture: Smooth with faint comarginal lines and ridges. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Half moon shaped ligament in a pit. Hinge: Traces of crural ridge. Pallial Musculature: One large elongate muscle scar (byssus ajoined to pedal retractor) joined to a smaller circular scar (pedal retractor). Periostracum: Obscure. Colour: White.

Distribution & Ecology

North Carolina through to West Indies, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and south through to Argentina.

2 specimens attached to a bait pot, Chesil Beach, Dorset.

Depth Range

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Pododesmus rudis (Broderip, 1845). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Broderip W.J. 1834. Description of some species of Chama. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1834: 148-151.
Holmes A.M., Oliver P.G., Trewhella S, Hill R. & Quigley D.T.G. 2015. Trans-Atlantic rafting of inshore mollusca on macro-litter. American molluscs on British and Irish shores, new records. Journal of Conchology. 42 (1): 41-49.


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Record last modified: 03/03/2022