Species Account

Mimachlamys varia nivea (Macgillivray, 1825)

Pectinoidea : Pectinidae

Tebble name: Chlamys (Chlamys) nivea (Macgillivray)
Smith & Heppell name: Chlamys varia var. nivea (Macgillivray, 1825)

Notes on Nomenclature

Here previously as Chlamys nivea.

To size: To 50mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Valves equallly convex. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Outline: Oval, anterior ears two to three times longer than posterior ears. Contour: Ear in RV with a deep byssal notch. Ctenolium well developed.

Sculpture: Of 43-47 narrow, radial ribs all with fine flattened spines. Co-marginal sculpture of lines and growth stops. Ears with radial, scaly riblets, RV ear with co-marginal folds at junction with disc. Colour: Almost always white.

Distribution & Ecology

Habitat and ecology as C. varia. Has a restricted range confined to the west of Scotland and Ireland

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Mimachlamys varia nivea (Macgillivray, 1825). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Macgillivray W 1825. Description of a new species of Pecten from the Outer Hebrides. Edinburgh Philosophical Journal. XIII: 166-167, pl III fig. 1.


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Record last modified: 09/05/2016