Species Account

Mimachlamys varia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Pectinoidea : Pectinidae

Tebble name: Chlamys (Chlamys) varia (Linnaeus)
Smith & Heppell name: Chlamys varia (L., 1758)

Notes on Nomenclature

Here previously as Chlamys varia.

To size: To 65mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Valves equally 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 25-35 narrow, radial ribs all with prominent flattened spines. Co-marginal sculpture of lines and growth stops. Ears with prominent radial, scaly riblets, RV ear with strong co-marginal folds at junction with disc. Ligament: Crenulate. Colour: Highly variable, from white, shades of red, red-brown, yellow, orange, purple and often overall irregularly patterned.

Distribution & Ecology

Free living but smaller individuals mostly byssally attached to rocks or among rough ground. From the low intertidal to moderate shelf depths. Widespread.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Mimachlamys varia (Linnaeus, 1758). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Linnaeus C 1758. Systema Naturae. Editio decima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 824pp.


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Record last modified: 17/05/2016