BIOTIC Species Information for Nucula sulcata
Researched byMarisa Sabatini Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameNucula sulcata Common nameA bivalve mollusc
MCS CodeW1571 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumMollusca Subphylum
Superclass ClassPelecypoda
Subclass OrderNuculoida
Suborder FamilyNuculidae
GenusNucula Speciessulcata

Additional InformationNucula sulcata may be confused with Nucula nitidosa, however Nucula sulcata is typically larger with a anterior hinge line that is often corrugated.
Taxonomy References Tebble, 1976, Howson & Picton, 1997, Gibson et al., 2001, Allen, 1954,
General Biology
Growth formBivalved
Feeding methodSub-surface deposit feeder
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesInsufficient information HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall(1-2cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialInsufficient information DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandNucula sulcata occurs predominantly on the west coasts of the British Isles. It has been recorded from the Shetland Islands, off the south coast of England, the west coast of Ireland, the Isle of Man and throughout the Hebrides.
Global distributionNucula sulcata is distributed from Norway, the Lofoten Islands south to the Iberian Peninsula, into the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Morocco and Senegal, Guinea and Angola (Tebble, 1976).
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeInsufficient information
MigratoryInsufficient information   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesMuddy sand
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Tebble, 1976, NBN, 2002, Bruce et al., 1963, JNCC, 1999,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanism
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequencyInsufficient information Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturityInsufficient information
Generation timeInsufficient information FecundityInsufficient information
Egg/propagule sizeInsufficient information Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stageInsufficient information   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References
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