Abra alba (W Wood, 1802)
Tellinoidea : Semelidae
To size: To 25mm. Shell Structure: Thin, brittle. Equivalve: Almost equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks to the posterior. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Subtrigonal, posterior dorsal margin almost straight sloping to a rounded posterior margin, anterior dorsal margin slightly longer and slopes slightly less steeply to a broadly rounded anterior margin. Twists to right slightly.
Sculpture: Fine concentric lines, growth stages clear. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: External small brown, arched band, internal ligament in a small triangular chondrophore. Hinge: LV one small cardinal and single weak laterals; RV two cardinals and single laterals. Pallial Musculature: Deep pallial sinus, confluent with pallial line for most of its length. Cruciform muscle scars visible in some specimens. Periostracum: Light brown. Colour: Dirty white.
Distribution & Ecology
Distributed all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland, occurring from the lower shore to the shelf edge.
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Key Features & Similar Species
Tellinoidea : Semelidae
Listed are literature citing Abra alba (W Wood, 1802). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Allen J A & Sanders H L 1966. Adaptations to abyssal life as shown by the bivalve Abra profundorum (Smith). Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts. 13: 1175-1178.
Wood W 1802. Observations on the hinges of British Bivalve Shells. Transactions of the Linnaean Society. VI: 174.
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