Species Account

Neolepton sulcatulum (Jeffreys, 1859)

Veneroidea : Neoleptonidae

Tebble name: Neolepton sulcatulum (Jeffreys)
Smith & Heppell name: Neolepton sulcatulum (Jeffreys, 1859)

To size: To 1.8 mm. Shell Structure: Solid for its size. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Slightly inequilateral, beaks just infront of midline. Tumidity: Moderate. Outline: Subcircular, anterior a little narrower than posterior. Contour: Umbos small, faint demarcation of lunule seen under SEM only.

Sculpture: Of numerous regularly spaced concentric bands. SEM indicates faint radial striae over umbonal region. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: Internal in a shallow resilifer beneath and slightly behind beaks. Hinge: Robust with prominent teeth; RV with a single large posterior lateral, anterior with a prominent lateral separated by a ¬ shaped groove from a vertical ridge (cardinal tooth) that is joined to the dorsal edge; LV with a shallow posterior lateral socket, anterior with a hooked tooth (corresponding to ¬ groove) that is separated from dorsal edge by a groove. Pallial Musculature: Indistinct. Periostracum: Indistinct. Colour: Shell white.

Distribution & Ecology

Sporadic from scattered localities on the western coasts and western approaches in the sublittoral and shallow shelf.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species

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Listed are literature citing Neolepton sulcatulum (Jeffreys, 1859). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Jeffreys J G 1859. Further gleanings in British Conchology. Annals and magazine of natural History. (3) 3: 30-43, 106-120.
Salas C & Gofas S 1998. Description of four new species of Neolepton Monterosato, 1875 (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Neoleptonidae), with comments on the genus and on its affinity with the Veneracea. Ophelia. 48(1): 35-70.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea Part II. La Conchiglia. 281: 27-53, + 61.
Van Aartsen JJ 1996. Galeommatacea and Cyamiacea. La Conchiglia. 279: 31-36, + 61.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016