Species Account

Neolepton sp.

Veneroidea : Neoleptonidae

Tebble name: n/a
Smith & Heppell name: n/a

To size: To 6mm. Shell Structure: Thin, but robust. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks slightly behind midline. Tumidity: Moderate. Outline: Subelliptical, anterior margin slightly wider and slightly more rounded than posterior. Dorsal margin short, sloping and mergin evenly into lateral margins. Ventral margin broadly curved.

Sculpture: Smooth with weak co-marginal lines and growth stops. Some weak indication of radial sculpture under transmitted light. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Internal on a narrow deeply sunken socket beneath the beaks. Hinge: With two cardinal teeth in both valves and single anterior and posterior laterals. Pallial Musculature: Adductor scars visible; anterior larger than posterior. Periostracum: Thin. Colour: White.

Distribution & Ecology

Recorded from Porcupine Abyssal Rise 2640-2750m.

Depth Range
Abyssal Rise (2000 - 4000m)

Additional Information & Related Species

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Record last modified: 22/03/2016