Northern hatchet shell - Thyasira gouldi - General information
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||This information is not refereed.
||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid
||Clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops
| Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland
||At the head of Loch Etive, west coast of Scotland. Formerly also found in Lochs Linnhe, Eil and Sunart. Recorded also from Shetland (further detail lacking). Presence in Scottish waters forms the extreme southern end of the geographic range.
| Habitat information
||Inhabits a small chamber in the top few centimetres of soft mud or sand-mud sediments at the head of some sea lochs. Habitat generally characterized by the presence of organic matter.
||A small, rather globular, white burrowing bivalve. The two halves of the shell are the same shape and the shell itself is thin and fragile. This species is very similar to Thyasira flexuosa, the wavy hatchet shell.
This review can be cited as follows:
Angus Jackson 2007.
Northern hatchet shell.
Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line].
Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4476>