Species Account

Chlamys islandica (Müller O F, 1776)

Pectinoidea : Pectinidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Chlamys islandica (Gmelin, 1791)

To size: To 140mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Valves equally convex. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Outline: Subcircular to suboval, (umbonal angle 82-90°) anterior ears much longer than posterior. Contour: Ear in RV with a deep byssal notch. Ctenolium well developed.

Sculpture: Of numerous radial ribs and riblets of varying expression reaching 140 in number in large specimens; all ribs and riblets variously scaled. Shagreen microsculpture present at least on early stages. Ears with radial riblets. Colour: Variable, orange-red, pink, yellow, purple to brown or white, some patterned.

Distribution & Ecology

Byssally attached to stones and rocks from low in the intertidal to shelf edge. Present here only as post glacial subfossil shells. Living in Faroes, Iceland and Norway south to Bergen

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Chlamys islandica (Müller O F, 1776). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Dijkstra H, Warén A & Gudmunsson G 2009. Pectinoidea (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from Iceland. Marine Biology Research. 5: 207-243.
Müller O F 1776. Zoologiae Danicae Prodromus, seu Animalium Daniae et Norvegiae Indigenarum, characteres, nomina, et synonyma imprimis popularum Havniae (Copenhagen): Typis Hallageriis. 281pp.
Wagner H.P. 1991. Review of the European Pectinidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Vita Marina. 41 (1): 3-48.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016