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Propeamussium lucidum (Jeffreys in Wyville-Thomson, 1873)

Pectinoidea : Propeamussiidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Propeamussium lucidum (Jeffreys in Thomson, 1873)

To size: To 15mm. Shell Structure: Fragile, hyaline. Equivalve: LV a little more convex than RV. Equilateral: Subequilateral, beaks just behind midline. Outline: Suboval, higher than long, slightly obliquely expanded anterior ventrally. Anterior ears a little larger than posterior. Contour: Byssal notch small, ctenolium absent.

Sculpture: External sculpture discrepant; LV almost smooth some with irregular co-marginal and/or radial striae or lines; RV with regular co-marginal lirae. Internally with 8-10 (usually 9) ribs and 2 adjacent to ears. Anterior ear witth minute spines dorsally. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Colour: Transparent, internal ribs white.

Distribution & Ecology

Predatory (see Morton & Thurston, 1989). Lower bathyal and abyssal. NE Atlantic.

Depth Range
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)
Abyssal Rise (2000 - 4000m)
Abyssal Plain (4000m +)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Propeamussium lucidum (Jeffreys in Wyville-Thomson, 1873). 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.
Dijkstra HH & Gofas S 2004. Pectinoidea (Bivalvia: Propeamussidae and Pectinidae) from some northeastern Atlantic seamounts. Sarsia. 89 (1): 33-78.
Dijkstra HH & Goud J 2002. Pectinoidea (Bivalvia, Propeamussiidae & Pectinidae) collected during the Dutch CANCAP and MAURITANIA expeditions in the south-eastern region of the North Atlantic Ocean. Basteria. 66: 31-82.
Morton B & Thurston MH 1989. The functional morphology of Propeamussium lucidum (Bivalvia: Pectinacea), a deep-sea predatory scallop. Journal of Zooloogy. 218: 471–496.
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.
Wyville Thomson C 1873. The Depths of the Sea MacMillan, London. 527pp.


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