Species Account

Cuspidaria glacialis (G O Sars, 1878)

Verticordioidea : Cuspidariidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Cuspidaria glacialis (G O Sars, 1878)

To size: To 20mm. Shell Structure: Robust. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Slightly inequilateral, beaks slightly behind midline. Tumidity: Inflated. Outline: Body of shell deep, as high as long; anterior sloping steeply, curved; ventral curved. Rostrum short less than length of body, narrowly triangular, dorsal slope weakly concave, ventral margin concave corresponding to prominent sulcus at junction of rostrum and body.

Sculpture: Of fine concentric lines and growth stops, becoming coarser on rostrum. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Hinge: Cardinal teeth absent; RV with a narrow, posterior, flange like lateral. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus shallow. Periostracum: Often persistent, pale brown. Colour: Dirty white.

Distribution & Ecology

A high arctic species not recorded from southern Norway, Iceland or Faroes. The single British record from the northern North Sea needs confirmation.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Cuspidaria glacialis (G O Sars, 1878). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Sars G O 1878. Bidrag til kundskaben om Norges arktiske fauna: 1. Mollusca regionis Arcticae Norvegiae. Oversigt over de i Norges arktiske region forekommende bloddyr A W Brogger, Christiana. 466pp, 34pls.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016