Image Peter Barfield - The oval venus, Timoclea ovata. Image width ca 3 cm.
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Timoclea ovata 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||Venus ovata, Chione ovata|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Common around all British coasts but with very few records from Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Found in sand, muddy-sand and gravel offshore, at depths ranging from 3 m to 180 m.|
|Description||Timoclea ovata has a fairly thin, sub-triangular shaped shell up to 2 cm long. The outer surface of the shell is sculptured with up to 50 radiating ridges crossed with numerous concentric grooves, giving it a rough appearance. The outer colour is variable, usually white, pale brown or light yellow, but typically with streaks or blotches of pink, brown or purple. The inner surface is white-orange with a purple tinge, and the inner margin of the shell is finely ridged (crenulate).|
|Additional information||Timoclea ovata superficially resembles a genus of cockle, Parvicardium, but the hinge teeth show it to be a venus shell.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Caroline Farrell 2006. Timoclea ovata. Oval venus. 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=4478>