Species Account

Pseudopythina macandrewi (P Fischer, 1867)

Galeommatoidea : Kelliidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Pseudopythina macandrewi (P Fischer, 1867)

To size: To 15mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks slightly behind the midline. Outline: Subovate, extended anteriorly; posterior slope long gently curving to rounded posterior; ventral rather long almost straight; anterior rounded, anterior dorsal margin slightly concave.

Sculpture: Of co-marginal lines but periostracum drawn out into radial rows of short triangular bristles. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Primarily internal, large, set on a shallow posteriorly directed resilifer; small external band set on a shallow nymph. Hinge: Hinge teeth strong, two cardinals in each valve anterior of ligament pit, anterior largest in LV, posterior largest in RV. Pallial Musculature: Pallial line entire, broad; adductor scars large. Periostracum: Perisotracum persistent around margins, straw coloured and drawn out into radial rows of bristles. Colour: Shell white.

Distribution & Ecology

A southern species reaching Brittany. Not yet recorded from British waters.
Lives under rocks that are resting on sand and gravel, intertidal

Depth Range

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Pseudopythina macandrewi (P Fischer, 1867). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Fischer P 1867. Description d’une nouvelle espèce de Kellia des mers d”Europe. Journal de Conchyliologie. 15: 194-195.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea Part II. La Conchiglia. 281: 27-53, + 61.


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Record last modified: 15/01/2014