Species Account

Macoma loveni Jensen, 1905

Tellinoidea : Tellinidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Macoma loveni Jensen, 1905

Notes on Nomenclature

Not included in CLEMAM – arctic species.

To size: To 37mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks to posterior. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Ovate, posterior margin almost straight, steeply sloping, anterior margin almost horizontal for a third of its length then broadly rounded to anterior. Contour: Posterior gape.

Sculpture: Unevenly spaced concentric lines and growth lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Short, less than a third length of posterior margin. Hinge: Two cardinals in each valve, in RV posterior bifid, in LV anterior bifid. No laterals. Pallial Musculature: Deep in LV, shallower in RV, tongue-shaped in both. Cruciform muscle scars visible. Periostracum: Thin, brown, flaky. Colour: Dirty white.

Distribution & Ecology

A burrower in muddy sands, offshore. Not in the British fauna. Circum-Arctic, Greenland and Svalbard.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species

Key Features & Similar Species

Separation of sub-arctic and arctic Macoma is problematic but none have been found living in British waters.
M. calcarea, subovate, posterior subacute
M. torelli, trigonal
M. moesta, subovate, posterior subtruncate, compressed
M. loveni, subovate, posterior subtruncate, inflated

Related Species


Listed are literature citing Macoma loveni Jensen, 1905. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Jensen A S 1905. Studier over nordiske Mollusker III. Tellina (Macoma). Vid Medd. 1905: 21-52, 149-152.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016