Species Account

Xylophaga anselli Harvey, 1996

Pholadoidea : Xylophagaidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: n/a

To size: To 1mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile. Mesoplax not calcified. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks in front of midline. Tumidity: Globular. Outline: Oval almost circular, umbos scarcely higher than posterior dorsal margin, which is notched, posterior broadly rounded, gaping; anterior beaked with a wide pedal gape forming an obtusely angled cut away section.

Sculpture: Shell divided by a weak sulcus running vertically from beak to ventral margin; posterior area with co-marginal lines; anterior area with about 11 serrated oblique ridges; anterior lobe with similar ridges but oriented parallel with upper edge of pedal gape. Pallial Musculature: Posterior adductor scar large, extending over posterior area including reflected part and reaching 3/4 height. Colour: Shell white.

Distribution & Ecology

A deep water species taken from sunken wood on the slope off the Hebrides, c. 1400m.

Depth Range
Bathyal (500 - 2000m)

Additional Information & Related Species

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Listed are literature citing Xylophaga anselli Harvey, 1996. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Harvey R 1996. Deep water Xylophagaidae (Pelecypoda: Pholadacea) from the North Atlantic with descriptions of three new species. Journal of Conchology. 35: 473-481.


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Record last modified: 17/05/2016