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Mactra glauca Born, 1778

Mactroidea : Mactridae

Tebble name: Mactra glauca Born
Smith & Heppell name: Mactra glauca Born, 1778

To size: To 115mm. Shell Structure: Thin, solid. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks to the front. Tumidity: Fairly tumid. Outline: Broadly triangular. Anterior dorsal margin lower and shorter than posterior. Posterior dorsal margin almost straight. Both anterior and posterior margins broadly rounded, although the posterior more so.

Sculpture: Fine concentric lines. Posterior dorsal area has rough, raised concentric ridges. Growth stages clear. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: External small dark brown behind the beaks. Internal on a spoon-shaped chondrophore. A tiny, thin cream coloured septum separates the internal and external. Hinge: LV three cardinals and single anterior and posterior laterals. Two of the cardinals are inverted v-shaped and the third, which is very thin and can be broken, lies directly behind the rear cardinal and can be overlooked. RV two cardinals, the anterior at around 40° to the dorsal margin, and double anterior and posterior laterals. The lower laterals are longer than the upper laterals. Pallial Musculature: Very shallow pallial sinus - reaching midway between midpoint and anterior of posterior adductor. Periostracum: Pale brown, darker to the anterior and posterior. Colour: White with pale brown radiating rays.

Distribution & Ecology

A southern species ranging to the Channel Islands and the extreme south west of England. All records are early 20th century. Records in the NBN Gateway from the North Sea are doubtful.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Mactra glauca Born, 1778. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Born I von 1778. Index rerum naturalium Museum Caesarei Vindonbonensis pars 1, testacea Kraus, Vienna. 458pp.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016