Species Account

Limea crassa (Forbes, 1844)

Limoidea : Limidae

Tebble name: Limea sarsi Lovén
Smith & Heppell name: Limea sarsii (Lovén, 1846)

Notes on Nomenclature

Here previously as Notolimea crassa.

To size: To 5.5mm. Shell Structure: Moderately robust for size. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Equilateral. Tumidity: Moderately inflated. Outline: Broadly oval; lateral margins evenly curved; ventral margin broadly rounded. Ears short, slightly scarcely projecting; subauricular sinus weak. Dorsal margin straight. Dorsal area wide.

Sculpture: 24-27 radial ribs, median 9-11 more prominent, all crossed by closely spaced concentric lamellae except over umbonal area. Ligament: In a triangular resilifer on the cardinal area. Hinge: Hinge plate on either side of resilifer denticulate. Pallial Musculature: Mostly obscure, subcircular posterior adductor scar visible in some. Periostracum: Thin, obscure. Colour: White.

Distribution & Ecology

Can be found at outer shelf depths in the northern North Sea and then along the continental edge and upper slope of the Atlantic margin.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Continental Margin Zone (200 - 500m)
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)

Additional Information & Related Species

Additional Comments

CLEMAM regard L. sarsi and L. crassa to be synonymous. Allen (2004) states differences. This requires further research.

Related Species


Listed are literature citing Limea crassa (Forbes, 1844). 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.
Forbes E 1844. Report on the Mollusca and Radiata of the Aegean Sea, and on their distribution, considered as bearing on geology. Reports of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. 1843: 130-193.


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Record last modified: 11/04/2016