Limatula subovata (Monterosato, 1875)
Limoidea : Limidae
To size: To 8mm. Shell Structure: Fragile, translucent. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Equilateral. Tumidity: Inflated. Outline: Oval-subrhomboidal, Dorsal and ventral margins tapering; ventral margin a little pointed. Ears short, projecting. Dorsal margin horizontal or a little oblique. Dorsal area wide.
Sculpture: About 50 fine radial riblets fading over the umbonal region and dorsal lateral areas, LV with two median ribs bordering a furrow, RV with a single rib bordered by weak furrows. Concentric sculpture of variously spaced concentric lines. Ligament: In a wide triangular resilifer on the cardinal area. Hinge: Hinge plate on either side of resilifer smooth. Pallial Musculature: Mostly obscure, single subcircular posterior adductor scar visible in some. Periostracum: Thin, obscure. Colour: White.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Margin Zone (200 - 500m)
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)
Abyssal Rise (2000 - 4000m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Limoidea : Limidae
Listed are literature citing Limatula subovata (Monterosato, 1875). 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.
Jeffreys J G 1876. New and peculiar Mollusca of the Pecten, Mytilus and Arca families, procured in the Valorous expedition. Annals and magazine of natural History. (4)18: 424-436.
Monterosato T A 1875. Nuova rivista delle Conchiglie Mediterranee. (Catalogo delle Conchiglie Mediterranee) Atti dell' Accademia Palermitana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Palermo (2) 5. 1-50.
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