Species Account

Limopsis minuta (Philippi, 1836)

Limopsoidea : Limopsidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Limopsis minuta (Philippi, 1836)

To size: To 12mm. Shell Structure: Solid, opaque. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks in front of midline. Tumidity: Becoming tumid. Outline: Obliquely oval. Contour: Dorsal margin short, straight, dorsal area shallowly cleft.

Sculpture: Smooth, with growth lines. Margin: Inner margin crenulated, in larger shells often restricted to only a few crenulae on the posterior ventral margin. Ligament: Amphidetic, a small triangular resilium set in a shallow resilifer between beaks. Hinge: Taxodont, strong teeth in two series set on a shallow arched hinge plate. Pallial Musculature: Adductor scars unequal, posterior twice size of anterior. Periostracum: Of straw coloured fine hairs lying against the shell often restricted to a marginal fringe. Colour: White, older worn shells often grey.

Distribution & Ecology

Epifaunal, attached by a byssus of a few short straps to stones, coral debris and gravel. At the shelf edge and on the slope. Along the whole of the western seaboard

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

Additional Information & Related Species

Juvenile Description

As adults but with few teeth.

Key Features & Similar Species

Limopsis aurita can occur with L. minuta, both have a thatch like periostracum but L. minuta is tumid, narrower and has a denticulate inner margin.

Related Species


Listed are literature citing Limopsis minuta (Philippi, 1836). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Olabarria C. 2005. Patterns of bathymetric zonation of bivalves in the Porcupine Sea Bight and adjacent abyssal plain, NE Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research I. 52: 15-31.
Oliver G & Allen J A 1980. The Functional and Adaptive Morphology of the Deep-Sea Species of the Family Limopsidae (Bivalvia: Arcoida) from the Atlantic. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B. 291: 77-125.
Philippi R A 1836. Enumeratio molluscorum Siciliae cum viventium tum in tellure tertiaria fossilium, quae in itinere suo observavit. Vol. 1 Schropp, Berlin. 267pp, 12pls.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016