Species Account

Limaria loscombi (G B Sowerby I, 1823)

Limoidea : Limidae

Tebble name: Lima loscombi Sowerby
Smith & Heppell name: Limaria loscombi (G B Sowerby I, 1823)

Notes on Nomenclature

Here previously as Limea loscombii.

To size: To 20mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Tumidity: Valves convex. Outline: Obliquely oval, extended anterio-laterally; posterior curved; anterior almost straight. Ears small, approximately equal. Dorsal margin straight. Dorsal area wide. Valves not gaping.

Sculpture: Up to around 50 radiating riblets and raised striae, of these about the median 20 most prominent and creating distinct marginal indentations; these primary riblets with 1-3 secondary riblets or striae between and some making marginal indentations. Ligament: In a large triangular resilifer on the cardinal area. Hinge: Hinge plate on either side of resilifer smooth. Pallial Musculature: Mostly obscure. Periostracum: Thin, obscure. Colour: Greyish white to dirty white.

Distribution & Ecology

Widely distributed but rare or absent from the southern North Sea living across the shelf on muddy to muddy gravel bottoms.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Limaria loscombi (G B Sowerby I, 1823). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Jones N S 1951. The bottom fauna off the south of the Isle of Man. Journal of Animal Ecology. 20(1): 132-144.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016