Species Account

Chama sarda Reeve, 1847

Chamoidea : Chamidae

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To size: To 38 mm. Shell Structure: Robust, thick shell. Equivalve: Inequivalve. Bottom valve (left) cemented. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks slightly to anterior. Tumidity: Very tumid. Outline: Irregular oval.

Sculpture: Irregular spines and flattened protrusions. Margin: Crenulated margin. Ligament: Thin brown band. Hinge: Elongated ‘cardinal’ tooth. Pallial Musculature: Anterior adductor muscle very slightly larger than posterior. Colour: White, tinged with deep pink.

Distribution & Ecology

In native range Florida, Bermuda, through Caribbean. Shallow waters attached to rocks.

In Britain and Ireland it has been found attached to ropes in Ireland and attached to a Stone crab trap in Helston, Cornwall.

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Listed are literature citing Chama sarda Reeve, 1847. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Campbell, M.R., Steiner, G., Campbell, L.D. & Dreyer H. 2004. Recent Chamidae (Bivalvia) from the Western Atlantic Ocean. Malacologia. 46(2): 381-415.
Reeve, L.A. 1847. Monograph of the genus Chama. In: Conchologica Iconica vol 4. Reeve & Co., London. pl. 1-9.


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Record last modified: 03/03/2022