Image National Museum Wales - External view of Phaxas pellucidus valve. Image width ca 4 cm.
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Phaxas pellucidus 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||Cultellus pellucidus|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Common off all British coasts|
|Habitat information||Phaxas pellucidus is found in fine mixed sands offshore to depths of around 100 m.|
|Description||A slender razor shell up to 4 cm long. The shell can be thin and brittle and coloured white or cream, sometimes with dark markings. The outermost, relatively thin layer of shell (periostracum), if present is a glossy light yellow-brown or olive layer. Where the shell is joined the margin is almost straight, whereas the other edge is curved giving the shell a pod shape. The anterior end is rounded and the posterior end slightly truncate.|
|Additional information||Phaxas pellucidus can be distinguished from other razor shells by the hinge teeth.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Anna Neish 2008. Phaxas pellucidus. A razor 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/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4088>