Kurtiella bidentata (Montagu, 1803)
Galeommatoidea : Montacutidae
Thin, rather fragile.
Inequilateral, beaks distinctly behind midline.
Variable, some distinctly tumid.
Subovate, anterior dorsal margin almost straight and sloping gently; anterior margin broadly rounded, ventral gently curved; posterior dorsal margin short slightly sunken; posterior margin subtruncate and distinctly narrower than anterior.
Posterior area set off by a weak ridge; lunule shallow, narrow, long.
Sculpture: Of fine concentric lines and growth stops;. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Internal, set beneath the beaks. Hinge: RV with single strong cardinal flanges either side of ligament; LV with single marginal flanges either side of ligament. Pallial Musculature: Pallial line wide, entire. Periostracum: Thin, pale, often with ferruginous or manganese coating. Colour: Dirty white. Additional Characters: Prodissoconch 400-580 µm, P1 smooth, P2 with faint co-marginal growth lines.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Key Features & Similar Species
Galeommatoidea : Montacutidae
Listed are literature citing Kurtiella bidentata (Montagu, 1803). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Gofas, S. & Salas, C. 2008. A review of European ‘Mysella’ species (Bivalvia: Montacutidae), with description of Kurtiella new genus. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 74: 119-135.
Kallonas M, Zenetos A & Gofas S 1999. Notes on the Ecology and Distribution of Microbivalvia in Greek Waters. La Conchiglia. 291: 11-20.
Montagu G 1803. Testacea Britannica, or natural history of British shells, marine, land and the fresh-water, including the most minute: systematically arranged and embellished with figures Romsey, London. 606pp, 16pls.
Ockelmann KW & Muus K 1978. The biology, ecology and behaviour of the bivalve Mysella bidentata (Montagu). Ophelia. 17 (1): 1-93.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea Part II. La Conchiglia. 281: 27-53, + 61.
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