Species Account

Timoclea ovata (Pennant, 1777)

Veneroidea : Veneridae

Tebble name: Venus (Timoclea) ovata (Pennant)
Smith & Heppell name: Timoclea ovata (Pennant, 1777)

To size: To 19mm. Shell Structure: Solid, thin. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Almost equilateral. Beaks just in front of midline. Tumidity: Tumid. Outline: Sub-triangular when adult. More circular when juvenile. Lunule heart-shaped, poorly defined, slightly indented, radiating sculpture. Escutcheon elliptical.

Sculpture: Radial ribs intersected by concentric grooves giving tubercular appearance. Margin: Finely crenulate. Ligament: Sunken, extends a quarter 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/fawn occasionally with red-brown streaks/blotches.

Distribution & Ecology

Widely distributed across the entire shelf and shelf edge. A shallow burrower in sand, muddy sand, shell-gravel and gravel.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Timoclea ovata (Pennant, 1777). 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 .
Pennant T 1777. British Zoology vol.IV. Crustacea, Mollusca, Testacea London, B. White. 154pp, 93pls.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016