Image Jo Trout - Shell of the dog cockle Glycymeris glycymeris. Image width ca 7 cm.
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Glycymeris glycymeris is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Bivalvia||Clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Found around the Shetland Islands, the Orkneys, the south and west coasts of Britain, Northern Ireland and Blacksod Bay, Ireland.|
|Habitat information||This species is a shallow burrower in fine shell gravels or sandy/muddy gravels and can be found offshore to approximately 100 m depth.|
|Description||The shell is thick, robust, almost circular in shape and up to 6.5 cm. The anterior hinge line curves more abruptly downwards than posterior. The shell is dull brown, yellow, or light purplish-red in colour. Shells can be either uniformly coloured or exhibit irregular concentric zigzags on a cream background. The periostracum is dark brown and remains as a broad band around the margins of the shell, and is course and velvety to the touch. The inside of the shell is usually brown within the pallial line. The inner surface of the shell has 6-12 teeth on either side of the beak.|
|Additional information||Analaysis of dredge material revelaed that Glycymeris glycymeris is an important habitat for the hemichordate Rhabdopleura compacta (Stebbing, 1970).|
This review can be cited as follows:
Michelle Carter 2008. Glycymeris glycymeris. Dog cockle. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3393>