Species Account

Lima marioni Fischer, 1892

Limoidea : Limidae

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

To size: To 42mm. Shell Structure: Thin, but robust shell. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, leans to posterior. Tumidity: Flattened. Outline: Obliquely oval, posterior ear much larger than anterior. Anterior ear visible anterior or dorsally.

Sculpture: 30-37 radial ribs with flattened spines. Margin: Crenulated margin – extensions of external radial ribs. Ligament: An elongated triangular ligmament in a resilifer, visible externally. Hinge: Small line of tubercules on hinge line. Pallial Musculature: Pallial line entire. Periostracum: Thin, light tan to yellowish. Colour: Creamy white shell.

Distribution & Ecology

Living in association with Spongosorites coralliophaga in cold-water coral reefs. Restricted to deeper water.
In UK known from Logachev Mound, Rockall Bank in coral rubble at 602m and from the Celtic Sea.
Atlantic Ocean north to Rockall and south to eastern Brazil. Originally described from the coast of Portugal at 1068m. Also reported from St Paul’s Rock, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

Depth Range
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Lima marioni Fischer, 1892. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

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.
Kazanidis G., Henry L.A., Roberts J.M. & Witte U.F.M. 2015. Biodiversity of Spongosorities coralliophaga (Stephens, 1915) on coral rubble at two contrasting cold-water coral reef settings.. Coral Reefs. 1-16.
Mikkelsen P. & Bieler R. 2003. Systematic revision of the Western Atlantic file clams, Lima and Ctenoides (Bivalvia: Limoida: Limidae).. Invertebrate Systematics. 17: 667-710.


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Record last modified: 17/05/2016