Species Account

Gari tellinella (Lamarck, 1818)

Tellinoidea : Psammobiidae

Tebble name: Gari (Psammobella) tellinella (Lamarck)
Smith & Heppell name: Gari tellinella (Lamarck, 1818)

To size: To 26mm. Shell Structure: Thin, solid. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks just behind midline. Tumidity: Not tumid. Outline: Narrowly ovate/elongate, Almost evenly oval, slight angle/slightly truncate to posterior margin. Contour: Tiny posterior gape.

Sculpture: Fine concentric ridges and faint radial lines. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Brown band extending a short distance behind beaks. Hinge: 2 cardinals in each valve; in LV anterior large, prominent, bifid, posterior thin, ridge-like; in RV anterior larger than posterior, both bifid. No laterals. Pallial Musculature: Deep pallial sinus, to beneath umbones, confluent with pallial line for most of its length. Cruciform muscle obscure. Periostracum: Thin, satin. Colour: White/cream/pink/orange/violet sometimes with rays of orange/purple/pink/red. Internal a more intense shade of colour than the external and covering the inside where present.

Distribution & Ecology

A burrower in silty sand to shell gravel. Mostly at sublittoral and shallow shelf depths. Across the entire shelf except for the southern North Sea.

Depth Range
Continental Shelf (to 200m)

Additional Information & Related Species

Juvenile Description

As adult but the posterior is distinctly more expanded than anterior. As with other Gari the tiny beaks are projecting.

Key Features & Similar Species

Most similar to G. depressa but in that species the posterior dorsal margin is parallel to the ventral margin, the posterior more expanded and truncated and there is a posterior gape.

Related Species


Listed are literature citing Gari tellinella (Lamarck, 1818). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.

Lamarck J B P A de M 1818. Histoire naturelle des Animaux sans vertèbres 5. Paris. 612pp.


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Record last modified: 22/03/2016