Species Account

Chioneryx pygmaea (Lamarck, 1818)

Veneroidea : Veneridae

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To size: To 16 mm. Shell Structure: Solid shell, fragile at the margins. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks to the anterior. Tumidity: Tumid. Outline: Rounded quadrangular.

Sculpture: Radial ribs and concentric ridges, ridges becoming larger and frilly at the posterior and ventral margins. Margin: Crenulated. Ligament: Inset thick brown band. Hinge: 3 cardinals in each valve. Pallial Musculature: Adductor muscles approximately same size, pallial sinus short. Colour: White, external with some brown blotches.

Distribution & Ecology

In native range North Carolina, Florida, Bermuda, thoughout West Indies.

In Britain and Ireland it has been found only once attached to a buoy found at Boolakeel, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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Additional Information & Related Species


Listed are literature citing Chioneryx pygmaea (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: 10/03/2021