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Similipecten greenlandicus (G B Sowerby II, 1842)

Pectinoidea : Propeamussiidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Delectopecten greenlandicus (G B Sowerby II, 1842)

To size: To 30mm. Shell Structure: Fragile, hyaline. Equivalve: Valves weakly convex, RV slightly more so and smaller than LV. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Outline: Subcircular, slightly longer than high (umbonal angle ca. 120°). Ears about equal, anterior a little larger. Contour: RV anterior ear with distinct but small byssal notch, ctenolium absent.

Sculpture: Discrepant; RV smooth with faint co-marginal growth lines, LV with antimarginal micro-sculpture on disc and ears. Colour: Semi-transparent, grayish.

Distribution & Ecology

Free living on fine sediments at outer shelf and bathyal depths. An arctic species not recorded from British waters, closest are records from the Faroes and Iceland. A dwarf form was recorded from Biscay but this is now S. oskarssoni.

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

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Similipecten greenlandicus (G B Sowerby II, 1842). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Dijkstra H, Warén A & Gudmunsson G 2009. Pectinoidea (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from Iceland. Marine Biology Research. 5: 207-243.
Sowerby G B II 1842. Thesaurus Conchyliorum I London. 57.


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Record last modified: 17/05/2016