Species Account

Limatula bisecta Allen, 2004

Limoidea : Limidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: n/a

To size: To 2.0mm. Shell Structure: Fragile, translucent. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Equilateral. Tumidity: Inflated. Outline: Oval; lateral margins evenly curved; ventral margin broadly rounded. Ears short slightly projecting. Dorsal margin straight. Dorsal area wide.

Sculpture: Absent except for a single narrow median groove bordered by a pair of riblets. Ligament: In a triangular resilifer on the cardinal area. Hinge: Hinge plate on either side of resilifer smooth. Pallial Musculature: Mostly obscure. Periostracum: Thin, obscure. Colour: White.

Distribution & Ecology

Known only from the type locality at the continental margin of the Porcupine Bight.

Depth Range
Continental Margin Zone (200 - 500m)

Additional Information & Related Species

Key Features & Similar Species

This little shell closely resembles the juveniles of the leviuscula form of L. gywni.

Additional Comments

The form is identical with juvenile L. gwyni var leviuscula and indicates that if not that species then a juvenile of another Limatula.

Related Species


Listed are literature citing Limatula bisecta Allen, 2004. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Allen J A 2004. The Recent species of the genera Limatula and Limea (Bivalvia, Limacea) present in the Atlantic with particular reference to those in deep water. Journal of Natural History. 38 (20): 2591-2653.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016