BIOTIC Species Information for Phaxas pellucidus
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Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Taxonomy
Scientific namePhaxas pellucidus Common nameRazor shell
MCS CodeW2006 Recent SynonymsCultellus pellucidus

PhylumMollusca Subphylum
Superclass ClassPelecypoda
Subclass OrderVeneroida
Suborder FamilyPharidae
GenusPhaxas Speciespellucidus
Subspecies   

Additional InformationPhaxas pellucidus can be distinguished from other razor shells by the hinge teeth.
Taxonomy References Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formBivalved
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
Mobility/MovementBurrower
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesInsufficient information HabitBurrow dwelling
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potential10-100m DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Heidi Tillin, unpub data, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandCommon off all British coasts
Global distributionFrom Norway south to north west Africa and the Mediterranean.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range5 - 100 m
MigratoryInsufficient info.   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional InformationMixed fine substrata
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, NBN, 2002, Picton & Costello, 1998, Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanism
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationInsufficient information
Reproduction References Heidi Tillin, unpub data, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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