Species Account

Lioberus castanea (Say, 1822)

Mytiloidea : Mytilidae

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To size: To 17 mm. Shell Structure: Thin shell. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks towards anterior. Tumidity: Tumid. Outline: Elongated oval.

Sculpture: No sculpture, concentric growth lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Thin band on anterior dorsal margin. Hinge: Edentulous. Pallial Musculature: Anterior adductor much smaller than posterior. Colour: Inside pearly white, external chestnut brown, glossy.

Distribution & Ecology

In native range distributed from North Carolina, through Caribbean and south to Brazil. Associated with seagrass.

In Britain and Ireland it has been found attached to a buoy in Boolakeel, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Lioberus castanea (Say, 1822). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Say, T. 1822. An account of some of the marine shells of the United States. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. 2(2): 257-276.


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Record last modified: 10/03/2021