Species Account

Limatula jeffreysi (P Fischer, 1882)

Limoidea : Limidae

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

To size: To 12mm. Shell Structure: Fragile, translucent. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Equilateral. Tumidity: Inflated. Outline: Oval; posterior margin broadly rounded, anterior margin almost straight, curving to a narrowly curved ventral margin. Ears short, anterior slightly more visible than posterior. Dorsal margin straight. Height to length ratio is 7:10.

Sculpture: Of 22-26 radial ribs, median ribs closely spaced, lateral ribs approximately twice as wide apart and becoming obscured towards the dorsal areas. Margin: Extensions of ribs give a wave-crest appearance to margin. Ligament: In a large, wide triangular reslifer. Hinge: Lacking teeth. Pallial Musculature: Obscure. Periostracum: Thin, pale but frequently carrying a rusty deposit. Colour: White.

Distribution & Ecology

Bathyal species recorded from mid-slope depths around the Bay Biscay.

Depth Range
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)
Abyssal Rise (2000 - 4000m)

Additional Information & Related Species

Key Features & Similar Species

Lateral ribs are more widely spaced than L. margaretae and the ventral margin is more narrowly curved.

Related Species


Listed are literature citing Limatula jeffreysi (P Fischer, 1882). 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.
Fischer P 1882. Diagnoses d'espèces nouvelles de mollusques recueillis dans le cours des expéditions scientifiques de l'aviso "Le Travailleur" (1880 et 1881). Journal de Conchyliologie. 30: 49-53, 273-277.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016