BIOTIC Species Information for Pholas dactylus
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Researched byJacqueline Hill Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Eunice Pinn
General Biology
Growth formBivalved
Feeding methodActive suspension feeder
Mobility/MovementBurrower
Environmental positionLithotomous
Typical food typesSuspended organic particles HabitBurrow dwelling
Bioturbator FlexibilityLow (10-45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
HeightNot relevant Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialVery limited (<1m) DependencyIndependent
SociabilityGregarious
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional InformationLive individuals do not support other species but old burrows provide refugia for other species and this has an influence on overall diversity.
Biology References Knight, 1983, Barnes, 1980,
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