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Delectopecten vitreus (Gmelin, 1791)

Pectinoidea : Pectinidae

Tebble name: Chlamys (Delectopecten) vitrea (Gmelin)
Smith & Heppell name: Delectopecten vitreus (Gmelin, 1791)

To size: To 25mm. Shell Structure: Thin, semi-transparent. Equivalve: Valves equally convex. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Outline: Subcircular to suboval, anterior a little more rounded than posterior. (umbonal angle ca. 110°). Anterior ears a little longer than posterior; posterior ears weakly demarcated from disc. Contour: RV anterior ear with a distinct byssal notch and ctenolium.

Sculpture: Overall with fine antimarginal sculpture and co-marginal rows of small vesicles, these often lost leaving co-marginal ridges. RV anterior auricle with 3-5 radial riblets. Colour: Semi-transparent, grayish.

Distribution & Ecology

Attached by the byssus on hard ground and often amongst deep water corals. At the edge of the shelf and across the slope. Found all along the western continental margin.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Continental Margin Zone (200 - 500m)
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Delectopecten vitreus (Gmelin, 1791). 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.
Dijkstra HH & Gofas S 2004. Pectinoidea (Bivalvia: Propeamussidae and Pectinidae) from some northeastern Atlantic seamounts. Sarsia. 89 (1): 33-78.
Dijkstra HH & Goud J 2002. Pectinoidea (Bivalvia, Propeamussiidae & Pectinidae) collected during the Dutch CANCAP and MAURITANIA expeditions in the south-eastern region of the North Atlantic Ocean. Basteria. 66: 31-82.
Gmelin J F 1791. Carli Linnaei systema Naturae per regna tria naturae. Editio decimatertia, aucta, reformata, Vermes Testacea 1 (6). Lipsiae. 3021-3910.
Olabarria C. 2005. Patterns of bathymetric zonation of bivalves in the Porcupine Sea Bight and adjacent abyssal plain, NE Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research I. 52: 15-31.
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