Species Account

Talochlamys pusio (Linnaeus, 1758)

Pectinoidea : Pectinidae

Tebble name: Chlamys (Hinnites) distorta (da Costa)
Smith & Heppell name: Chlamys distorta (da Costa, 1778)

To size: To 40mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Inequivalve, RV slightly more convex than LV. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Outline: Adults cemented irregular, before cementation oval, rather narrow dorsally (umbonal angle 82-90°). Anterior ears larger and longer than posterior. Contour: Ear in RV with a deep byssal notch. Ctenolium well developed.

Sculpture: Before cementation (to 10-20mm) with numerous narrow riblets increasing in number with growth to about 50. Ribs uneven in size, secondaries slightly narrower giving appearance of alternating large and small. All riblets with fluted spines. After cementation rib number may increase to about 70 but may be irregular. Ears with radial riblets often with large scales. Colour: Variable, white through yellow to reddish brown and patterned with dots, blotches or zigzag lines.

Distribution & Ecology

At first byssally attached to rocks and on rough ground, later becoming cemented to rocks, cobbles or dead shells. From low in the intertidal, sublittoral and nearshore shelf. Widespread.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Talochlamys pusio (Linnaeus, 1758). 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.
Linnaeus C 1758. Systema Naturae. Editio decima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 824pp.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016