Abra nitida (Müller, 1776)
Tellinoidea : Semelidae
To size: To 13mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile. Equivalve: Almost equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks to the posterior. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Ovate, posterior dorsal margin short, angular giving posterior slight beak-like appearance. Anterior broadly curved.
Sculpture: Fine concentric lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: External small brown, arched band, internal ligament in a small elongated, spoon-shaped chondrophore. Hinge: LV one small cardinal and single weak laterals; RV two cardinals and single laterals. Pallial Musculature: Quite deep ends midway between anterior adductor and beak. Cruciform muscle scars visible in some specimens. Periostracum: Very thin. Colour: Pearlescent white.
Distribution & Ecology
Distributed all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland, occurring from the lower shore to the shelf edge.
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Tellinoidea : Semelidae
Listed are literature citing Abra nitida (Müller, 1776). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Allen J A & Sanders H L 1966. Adaptations to abyssal life as shown by the bivalve Abra profundorum (Smith). Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts. 13: 1175-1178.
Müller O F 1776. Zoologiae Danicae Prodromus, seu Animalium Daniae et Norvegiae Indigenarum, characteres, nomina, et synonyma imprimis popularum Havniae (Copenhagen): Typis Hallageriis. 281pp.
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