Species Account

Clausinella fasciata (da Costa, 1778)

Veneroidea : Veneridae

Tebble name: Venus (Clausinella) fasciata (da Costa)
Smith & Heppell name: Clausinella fasciata (da Costa, 1778)

To size: To 26mm. Shell Structure: Solid, thick. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral. Beaks in front of midline. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Triangular. Lunule heart-shaped, poorly-defined. Escutcheon elliptical, extensive, almost reaching posterior margin.

Sculpture: Few (around 10) concentric ridges/lamellae. Margin: Finely crenulate. Ligament: Concealed, extends a third of way to posterior margin. Hinge: 3 cardinals in each valve. No laterals. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus shallow and triangular. Periostracum: Thin, matt. Colour: White/yellow/pink/purple/brown occasionally with lines/rays/streaks/blotches. Internal white, sometimes tinted purple.

Distribution & Ecology

Widely distributed around all coasts in the sublittoral and shallow shelf. Shallow-burrower in coarse gravel, shell-gravel and muddy or sandy gravel.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Clausinella fasciata (da Costa, 1778). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Ansell A 1961. The functional morphology of the British species of Veneracea (Eulamellibranchia). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 41: 489-517 .
da Costa E M 1778. Historia Naturalis Testaceorum Britanniae London: Millan, White, Elmsley & Robson. 254pp, 17pls.
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.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016