Spiny cockle (Acanthocardia aculeata)
|Researched by||Edward Mayhew||Refereed by||This information is not refereed|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from Loch Ewe in north-west Scotland, off Scalby in north Yorkshire, in the vicinity of Brighton, in the Salcombe estuary and from the Isles of Scilly.
Global distributionRecorded around the British Isles to the Mediterranean and northwest Africa.
HabitatOnly found in sublittoral muddy sands.
Depth range0-50 m
- Shell broadly oval, equivalve, inequilateral shell, beaks in front of the mid-line.
- Angular outline, with almost straight posterior margin.
- The right valve has 2 anterior lateral teeth and a single posterior tooth.
- The anterior cardinal tooth in the left valve is larger than the posterior.
- The left valve anterior tooth is larger than the posterior tooth of the right valve.
- Concentric grooves on the shell surface.
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Last Updated: 26/03/2004