Solen marginatus Pulteney, 1799
Solenoidea : Solenidae
To size: To 120mm. Shell Structure: Brittle. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks at the anterior end. Outline: Ensiform, rather broad, dorsal and ventral margins straight, parallel; anterior obliquely truncate with ventral edge longer; posterior truncate. Anterior margin with a distinct sulcus.
Sculpture: Of co-marginal lines and growth stops. Margin: Inner margin smooth. Ligament: External, a long narrow brown/black band behind the beaks. Hinge: Each valve with a single cardinal. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus U-shaped, posterior adductor scar touching pallial sinus. Anterior adductor scar just exceeding length of ligament; pedal retractor muscle posterior to end of anterior adductor scar. Periostracum: Shiny, light brown. Colour: Creamy white to creamy yellow, banded.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Solenoidea : Solenidae
Listed are literature citing Solen marginatus Pulteney, 1799. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Pulteney R 1799. Catalogue of the birds, shells, and some of the more rare plants of Dorsetshire London, Nichols. 92pp.
von Cosel R 1993. The razor shells of the eastern Atlantic. Part 1: Solenidae and Pharidae I (Bivalvia: Solenacea). Archiv für Molluskenkunde. 122: 207-321.
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