BIOTIC Species Information for Nuculana spp.
Researched bySean Lindsley-Leake Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameNuculana spp. Common nameA bivalve mollusc
MCS CodeW1589 Recent SynonymsLeda

PhylumMollusca Subphylum
Superclass ClassPelecypoda
SubclassProtobranchia OrderNuculoida
Suborder FamilyNucularidae
GenusNuculana Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth form Feeding method
Environmental position
Typical food typesPhytoplankton, detritus HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityRobust SizeSmall(1-2cm)
Height Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hutchings & Haedrich, 1984, Knudsen, 1979,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & Ireland
Global distribution
Biogeographic range Depth range
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Thorson, 1946,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismLecithotrophic
Direct Development
Reproductive SeasonYear round Reproductive LocationSediment surface
Reproductive frequencyAnnual protracted Regeneration potential No
Life span11-20 years Age at reproductive maturityInsufficient information
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity175
Egg/propagule size120-140 µm Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential<10m Larval settlement periodYear round
Duration of larval stageInsufficient information   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationDirect development/very short lecithotrophic (<12 hours) .
Reproduction References Hutchings & Haedrich, 1984, Mackie, 1984, Knudsen, 1979, Ansell et al., 1978, Tyler et al., 1992, Thorson, 1946,
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