Image National Museum Wales - External view of Parvicardium ovale valve. Image width ca 1.5 cm.
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Parvicardium ovale is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Bivalvia||Clams, cockles, mussels, oysters, and scallops|
|Recent synonyms||Cerastoderma ovale|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Occurs on British and Irish coasts where suitable muddy, sand and gravel substrata are present.|
|Habitat information||Parvicardium ovale burrows in sublittoral muddy sand and gravel substrata at depths of 3 to 100 m.|
|Description||A small, yellowish-white, obliquely oval cockle up to 13 mm in length. It has 24-26 radiating ribs, anteriorly bearing blunt scales and posteriorly bearing small spines. In the middle region the ribs are smooth. The concentric ridges are poorly developed. The right shell valve has two anterior teeth and one posterior lateral tooth whilst the left valve has only one anterior tooth and one posterior lateral tooth. The margins of the valves have deep crenulations with grooves on the inner surface extending a long way in from the margin towards the beak. The inner surface is a glossy white.|
|Additional information||No text entered|
This review can be cited as follows:
Susie Ballerstedt 2005. Parvicardium ovale. A cockle. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 19/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4046>