Species Account

Solen marginatus Pulteney, 1799

Solenoidea : Solenidae

Tebble name: Solen marginatus Pulteney
Smith & Heppell name: Solen marginatus Pulteney, 1799

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

A burrower into sand to muddy sand. At nearshore shelf depths. Recorded from the English Channel, Irish Sea and west of Ireland.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species

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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Record last modified: 22/03/2016