Species Account

Tellina (Serratina) serrata Brocchi, 1814

Tellinoidea : Tellinidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: Quadrans serratus (Brocchi, 1814)

To size: To 40mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Inequivalve. Equilateral: Subequilateral, beaks just behind the midline. Tumidity: Compressed. Outline: Broadly subovate; anterior broadly rounded; posterior dorsal margin long almost straight sloping steeply to short almost truncate posterior; ventral curved. Posterior angle prominent in RV setting off narrow, flat posterior area.

Sculpture: Weakly decussate, co-marginal ridges becoming lamellose over posterior, fading over anterior where radial riblets dominate. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Parivincular, a prominent external brown band behind the beaks. Hinge: Hinge with two cardinals in each valve prominent single anterior and posterior laterals in RV, LV with poorly developed laterals. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus very deep almost touching anterior adductor scar. Colour: Shell white.

Distribution & Ecology

Dead shell found only once in Scilly Isles. A Mediterranean species with the British occurrence probably accidental.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Tellina (Serratina) serrata Brocchi, 1814. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Brocchi 1814. Conchiologia fossile subappenninica con osservazioni geologiche sugli Appennini e sul suolo adiacente I&II. Milano. 712pp, 16pls.


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Record last modified: 11/05/2016