Pandora pinna (Montagu, 1803)
Pandoroidea : Pandoridae
To size: To 29mm. Shell Structure: Thin, fragile. Equivalve: Inequivalve, right valve flattened, left valve convex. Valves are twisted slightly so that the dorsal margin consists of all right valve and the left valve fits in underneath it. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks in anterior quarter. Outline: Boat-shaped; semi-circular. Anterior dorsal margin short, gently sloping to an almost straight anterior margin, which becomes broadly curved to ventral margin which is straight for much of length in adult specimens. (In juveniles, the ventral margin curves broadly with the lowest point of it 2/3rd the way to the posterior.) Posterior dorsal margin long, straight, angled down slightly, ending in posterior margin which slopes broadly to ventral margin. The posterior gapes slightly and is thickened and beige coloured along the dorsal margin. Anterior and posterior gape.
Sculpture: Concentric lines and ridges. 1 or 2 ridges run from umbo of left valve to the posterior margin. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Internal on a resilifer. Hinge: No hinge-plate, RV has tooth-like projection anterior to the ligament. LV has thickened part of shell anterior to ligament and not quite parallel to dorsal margin. There is a gap in this thickened area for the ligament and then it continues posteriorly two thirds along the posterior dorsal margin. Pallial Musculature: Posterior adductor is set in a way from the posterior margin halfway to the umbonal region. Pallial line with no sinus, but is not continuous - made up of dotted line. Periostracum: Pale-brown. Colour: White.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Pandoroidea : Pandoridae
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Montagu G 1803. Testacea Britannica, or natural history of British shells, marine, land and the fresh-water, including the most minute: systematically arranged and embellished with figures Romsey, London. 606pp, 16pls.
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