Lucinoma borealis (Linnaeus, 1767)
Lucinoidea : Lucinidae
To size: To 39mm. Shell Structure: Solid. Equivalve: Equivalve. Equilateral: Inequilateral, beaks slightly to anterior. Tumidity: Tumid. Outline: Almost circular, posterior dorsal margin gently curved to a squared off posterior margin. Anterior margin concave, anterior margin points up. Contour: Slight posterior sulcus, short, shallow lunule.
Sculpture: Inconsistently-spaced concentric ridges. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Long, mid-brown almost to posterior margin, lies on posterior dorsal margin. Hinge: Two cardinals in each valve, in RV posterior bifid, in LV anterior bifid. Remains of single anterior and posterior laterals just visible in both valves. Pallial Musculature: No pallial sinus. Pallial line continuous. Anterior adductor much more elongate and narrower than posterior. Periostracum: Thin, brown. Colour: White.
Distribution & Ecology
Across the entire shelf.
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Lucinoidea : Lucinidae
Listed are literature citing Lucinoma borealis (Linnaeus, 1767). Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Allen J A 1958. On the basic form and adaptation to habitat in the Lucinacea (Eulamellibranchia). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B. 241: 421-484.
Dando P R, Southward A J & Southward E C 1986. Chemoautotrophic symbionts in the gills of the bivalve mollusc Lucinoma borealis and the sediment chemistry of its habitat. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B. 227: 227-247.
Linnaeus C 1767. Systema Naturae. Editio duodecima. 1. Regnum Animale Holmiae, Laurentii Salvii. 533-1327pp.
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