Species Account

Callista chione (Linnaeus, 1758)

Veneroidea : Veneridae

Tebble name: Callista chione (Linnaeus)
Smith & Heppell name: Callista chione (L., 1758)

To size: To 90mm. Shell Structure: Solid, smooth. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Sub-ovate. Long, gently rounded posterior margin. Lunule heart-shaped, clearly defined, raised in centre. Escutcheon absent.

Sculpture: Fine concentric lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Prominent, halfway to posterior margin. Hinge: 3 cardinals in each valve, although in LV posterior is tiny projection. Centre in each valve bifid. 1 anterior lateral in each valve; in RV the lateral is very close to anterior cardinal. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus extends to midline and ends in a point. Periostracum: Thin and glossy. Colour: Beige to reddish brown with numerous rays extending from umbones. Internal white.

Distribution & Ecology

Shells collected over 70 years ago are not uncommon in collections but now very sporadic living with recent records only from extreme SW England and Cardigan Bay. Burrows in clean sand, sublittoral and shallow shelf.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Callista chione (Linnaeus, 1758). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Linnaeus C 1758. Systema Naturae. Editio decima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 824pp.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016