Image National Museum Wales - External view of Spisula elliptica valve. Image width ca 3 cm.
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Spisula elliptica 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||Common around most coasts of Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Common in mixed soft substrata offshore to approximately 100 m.|
|Description||A broadly oval shell, equilateral with fine concentric grooves and clear growth stages, which can reach up to 3 cm in length. The umbones are midline and turned inwards and slightly forwards. The shell is a dirty white with a brown or greeny brown periostracum. The fused cardinal teeth of the left valve form a distinctive A-shape that extends more than half way down the hinge plate. The lateral cardinal teeth have distinct serrations along their interlocking faces.|
|Additional information||No text entered.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Susie Ballerstedt 2005. Spisula elliptica. A bivalve mollusc. 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=4362>