Species Account

Kurtiella ovata (Jeffreys, 1881)

Galeommatoidea : Montacutidae

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

To size: To 4mm. Shell Structure: Thin, brittle. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks in the posterior 1/4. Outline: Subovate posterior greatly reduced, posterior dorsal margin very short, slightly concave forming a distinct escutcheon, posterior narrower than anterior, rounded; anterior dorsal, anterior and ventral margins forming a smooth broad curve.

Sculpture: Of fine co-marginal lines. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Internal in a wide pit beneath the beaks and inserted deep inside the umbos. Hinge: Two diverging lateral teeth in each valve, those in the RV clearly separated from shell margin, those in LV as extensions of shell margin. Angle of divergence in RV less than 90°, in LV ca. 100°. Pallial Musculature: Pallial line entire. Colour: Pale yellowish to dirty white. Additional Characters: Prodissoconch 440-500 µm, P1 pitted centrally, P2 with faint co-marginal growth lines.

Distribution & Ecology

No commensal association has been observed. A deep water species living from the shelf edge to 700m. A Lusitanian species not recorded from the British region.

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

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Kurtiella ovata (Jeffreys, 1881). 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.
Jeffreys J.G. 1881. On the Mollusca procured during the ‘Lightning’ and ‘Porcupine’ Expeditions, 1868-70. (Part III). Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1881: 693-724.


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Record last modified: 17/05/2016