White piddock (Barnea candida)
|Researched by||Susie Ballerstedt||Refereed by||Admin|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandOccurs around the southern half of Britain but almost entirely absent from the north of Britain and the coast of Ireland.
Global distributionOccurs from Norway south to the Mediterranean and west Africa.
HabitatBurrows into wood, peat and soft rocks on the lower shore and sublittoral.
- Fragile, date-shaped shell up to 6.5 cm in length.
- A single dorsal plate, the protoplax, lies in front of the umbones.
- Anterior and posterior margins rounded.
- Posterior margin gapes.
- Radiating ribs bear spines anteriorly.
- A slender calcareous projection (apophysis) below both beaks.
- The siphons are united and may extend 4 to 5 times the length of the shell.
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Last Updated: 30/05/2006