|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Dr Sebastian Holmes - Corbula gibba. Image width ca 10 mm.
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Corbula gibba is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Marisa Sabatini and Susie Ballerstedt||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Bivalvia||Clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Common and widespread on all British coasts. The species is probably more widespread than mapped but records are not readily available.|
|Habitat information||Corbula gibba is found from the low shore to considerable depths in the sublittoral, living in muddy sand and gravel.|
|Description||Corbula gibba has a plump, broadly oval to triangular shell up to 15 mm long. It is inequivalve, the right valve is very much larger and more convex than the left, which fits snugly into it, leaving a considerable margin of the right valve bare. The posterior margin is slightly truncate. Both valves of Corbula gibba are sculptured with coarse, concentric grooves and ridges, the left valve additionally having faint radiating lines. The beaks are turned inward and touching. The shell is dull white to cream, the interior is white with a faint pinkish or bluish tinge, sometimes with blotches of yellow. The pallial line is very faint and there is a slight posterior indentation or sinus.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Marisa Sabatini and Susie Ballerstedt 2008. Corbula gibba. Basket shell. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 23/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3042>