Dendrostrea frons (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ostreoidea : Ostreidae
To size: To 50mm. Shell Structure: Thick, robust. Equivalve: Inequivalve, lower (left) valve more convex than upper valve. Equilateral: Equilateral. Tumidity: Compressed. Outline: Irregular oval, sometimes elongated.
Sculpture: Strong radial ribs. Margin: Chomata on margins either side of hinge. Ligament: Set on a triangular resilifer. Hinge: Adults edentulate, Chomata either side of hinge. Pallial Musculature: One posterior, large adductor muscle. Pallial line entire. Colour: White internally, external golden, reddish brown to purple.
Distribution & Ecology
Loher Beach, Waterville, Co. Kerry (2013), Cross Beach, Mullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo (1974), St Ives, Cornwall (1986).
Additional Information & Related Species
Ostreoidea : Ostreidae
Listed are literature citing Dendrostrea frons (Linnaeus, 1758). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Holmes A.M., Oliver P.G., Trewhella S, Hill R. & Quigley D.T.G. 2015. Trans-Atlantic rafting of inshore mollusca on macro-litter. American molluscs on British and Irish shores, new records.. Journal of Conchology . 42 (1): 41-49.
Linnaeus C 1758. Systema Naturae. Editio decima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 824pp.
Pagenkopp Lohan K.M., Hill-Spanik K.M., Torchin M.E., Strong E.E., Fleischer R.C. & Ruiz G.M. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics reveals first record an invasion of Saccostrea species in the Caribbean.. Marine Biology. 162(5): 957-968.
Quigley D.T.G. & Hill R. 2015. Frond Oyster (Dendrostrea frons (L.)) stranded at Waterville, Co. Kerry. Irish Naturalists’ Journal. 34(2): pl 28-9.
Turk S.M. 1988. Christopher Columbus and Pteria colymbus.. Conchologists’ Newsletter. 105: 93-96.
West A.B. & O’Riordan C.E. 1979. The Coon Oyster, Lopha frons (L.): an exotic visitor to NW Europe.. Conchologists’ Newsletter. 68: 123-4.
West A.B. & O’Riordan C.E. 1984. Deondrostrea frons (L.) (Ostreidae: Lophinae): A record from flotsam in Co. Mayo... Irish Naturalists’ Journal. 21: 278-279.
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